A ┼╗ejtun man denied slightly injuring his ex-girlfriend when he allegedly slapped her at the police station during one of their many arguments.

Mario Ellul, a 42-year-old construction worker, was granted bail after the court heard about their troubled love life.

The couple dated for about 10 months and have been apart for the past two months when their relationship turned extremely sour.

Defence counsel Veronique Dalli told Magistrate Joe Mifsud that they would frequently fight and that her client was being threatened by his former partner.

She said the day prior to the latest incident, his ex-girlfriend sent him a photo at 10pm of her in bed with her new partner. The lawyer said that despite having a new partner, the woman was not accepting that the relationship with her client had ended and that he was not interested in her any longer.

Police inspector Roderick Attard told the court that investigations were ongoing and he did not exclude that criminal charges will be issued against the woman.

He said the police had temporarily confiscated three shotguns registered in Mr Ellul's name "just in case".

Mr Ellul, who has a clean criminal record, was granted bail against a €500 deposit and a €5,000 personal guarantee. He has to be home by 10pm and not leave until 5am.

The court also issued a protection order in favour of the woman and her new partner.