A 42-year-old man who works in a bakery pleaded not guilty to threatening his estranged partner with a gun and a knife.

He was granted bail against a deposit of €500 and a personal guarantee of €8,000.

Derin Mangion, from Ħal Far, who has a daughter with the alleged victim, was charged before duty Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit.

The court heard that the relationship between the two had deteriorated in recent days, amid rising tension.

Police inspector Elton Taliana said the police intervened after a report filed by the victim. However, neither the firearm nor the knife used in the alleged incident on Thursday had been found.

The defendant was also accused of relapsing, sending threatening messages through his mobile phone and disturbing public peace.

Lawyers Franco Debono and Marion Camilleri were defence counsel.