A Catholic deacon on trial for indecent assault admitted yesterday that he touched a woman's breast but denied he had intended to do so. Van Truyen Nguyen, 50, gave evidence in Eastern Court over allegations that he molested the woman who worked at the church in the east of Hong Kong Island. Nguyen has worked and lived at the church since he moved to the city from Vietnam in 2006. The woman had been doing housework for the defendant and three priests since last October. She accused Nguyen of molesting her when the two were alone on December 14. Nguyen is more fluent in Vietnamese but he chose to testify in Cantonese. He admitted that he asked the woman whether he could lift her up to see how much she weighed. The television was showing a game in which contestants tried to guess people's weight. Nguyen said he stood up and extended his arms out towards the woman. 'I was only fooling around. I wanted to scare her,' he said. The housemaid stepped back and bumped her head against the wall. The deacon went up to her and placed his hand on her head to see if she was OK. 'Then her left hand touched my right hand ... and my right hand touched her breast,' he said. He thought she wanted to brush his hand away because she did not like him touching her head. But prosecutor Brenda Chan said that if the woman was brushing his hand away, his hand would have moved to the side and not down, passing the complainant's breast. Because the housemaid had told him on an earlier occasion that she weighed 38 kilograms, he said that he wanted to see how much she weighed. But under cross-examination by Chan, Nguyen said he did not actually want to know her weight and he was only joking. When Nguyen saw the woman stepping backwards, he did not think about not approaching her again to avoid misunderstanding, he said. Nguyen denied the complainant's accusation that he had placed his right hand on her back and his left hand on her breast. He also denied grabbing her arms after he asked whether he could lift her. The defendant said he did not have contact with the housemaid outside work but they would sometimes chat about work-related matters when she was free. Newman Wong Hing-wai, for Nguyen, argued that the woman had exaggerated in her account of the incident. She had told the court that she was in tears when she told a priest about it, Wong said, but the priest's testimony had not reflected her agitation. Magistrate Johnny Chan Jong-herng will deliver his verdict on August 10.