A hospital research assistant said yesterday he gave the press confidential records on the Secretary for Justice because he believed the public had a right to know. Stephen Tsun Shui-luen, 29, said his decision to leak the file on Elsie Leung Oi-sie was sparked by anger that the Government was denying the seriousness of her condition. 'I did think the public had a right to know the truth, so I faxed the medical report to Ming Pao and Apple Daily,' he told Western Court. Tsun said a government statement issued on April 2 had trivialised Miss Leung's illness. 'I was angry with the Government as they did not reveal she had serious cancer and described her condition as small and insignificant,' Tsun said. 'The Government should not give false information to conceal from the public what really happened and mislead them.' But the research assistant, who received his university education in Britain, said he regretted his action. 'Before the document was faxed, the only thing in my mind was to let others know the truth,' he said. 'But having faxed it, I began to regret what I had done . . . I hope Elsie Leung Oi-sie will forgive me for my foolish behaviour.' Tsun said he had also been angered by a TVB news report on April 2. 'TVB had broadcast the Secretary of Justice had not gone to vote due to stomach problems. This was entirely different from what I had obtained from the [medical] report,' he said. 'TVB broadcast [that] she was a little unwell, but the report indicated she had a serious illness.' On April 2, Tsun learned from his boss, Dr Ooi Gaik-cheng, that Miss Leung had undergone a CT scan on her abdomen that day. He had obtained a copy of the scan report out of 'curiosity', using Dr Ooi's computer password. He denies breaking the law by obtaining access to the computer on April 2 and 3 with a view to making a dishonest gain. The trial continues on Tuesday before Magistrate Kevin Browne.