A thug turned up at his girlfriend’s work to pop the question – and punched her in the face when she said no.
Andrei Pavel left Andrea Nagy with “significant injuries” in the horror attack after splashing out on an engagement ring and a bunch of flowers.
Following his arrest Pavel, who has no previous convictions, told police officers he was upset by the rejection.
Now he has been banned from contacting his victim for a year after pleading guilty to assault by beating.
North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Pavel and Nagy had been in an “intense” relationship for three months and had moved in together before hitting a rocky patch.
But Pavel, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs, was keen to get things back on track and turned up at Nagy’s workplace on July 21 to propose.
Prosecutor Ruth Bentley said: “She described the relationship as intense. She moved in with him after two months but the relationship broke down and they split up.
“Since that time he had been contacting her via texts. He did not want the relationship to end. He was trying to get it back on track, and even purchased a ring and asked her to marry him.
“She was handed a note at work, which said the defendant wanted to speak to her. She met the defendant who was waiting outside with a bunch of flowers.”
The court heard Pavel proposed to Nagy but she said no.
Bentley added: “He punched her to the face, knocking her to the floor for a matter of seconds. She was left with an injury to her face.”
The court heard Nagy said she was scared of the defendant and described him as jealous and controlling.