Murugan Subramaniam, 44, who was unhappy with his girlfriend Radika Rajavarma, 31, quarrelled with her and branded her cheek with a cigarette. Some days earlier he claimed Radika had embarrassed him in front of his friends, and he punched her in the face. Radika locked her apartment from inside, and he threatened her and smashed flower pots.
When the police came, Murugan was found sleeping on a floor below. He cursed and swore at a senior officer who handcuffed him.
He has been given a jail sentence of eight months for his assault and is known to have other violence related convictions.