A 39-year-old man from Fgura was on a Sunday given a suspended sentence after admitting to injuring his pregnant former partner during an argument.
The pregnant woman suffered slight injuries.
Magistrate Claire Stafrace Zammit sentenced the man to a nine-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.
He was also forbidden from approaching the woman.
The court ordered the assignment of a probation officer to help the man overcome his alcohol problems.
Inspector Roderick Attard prosecuted.