A secondary school teacher threatened to commit suicide when accused of indecently assaulting a boy of 13, a court heard yesterday. The teacher, 28, was accused of indecently touching the boy at a restaurant in the Urban Council's Sheung Wan complex after a game of squash in 1994, and an attempted indecent assault at the boy's home in North Point while he was giving him after-school tuition. The teacher has denied indecent assault and attempted indecent assault. At Western Court, magistrate Josiah Lam was told the teacher said he would rather die when the boy asked him to go to the police. A school social worker said the pair had a heated argument and needed to be separated when they tried to sort out the matter in her Wan Chai office on February 16. The teacher told the court: 'I had said I would commit suicide, but I was very emotional and angry at that moment because [the boy] said he would ruin my reputation completely. 'I did not really mean that, though.' The hearing continues.