Wanting to concentrate on her studies early last year, she told her then-boyfriend she wanted a break-up.
ITE student Daniel John Chen Yao Wei, 19, did not take this well and flew into a rage.
He choked Noelle Naing, 17, and pointed the blade of a multi-purpose tool at her neck.
Yesterday, Chen was given two years' probation after pleading guilty to one count each of criminal intimidation and an unrelated theft charge.
One charge of using criminal force against Noelle was taken into consideration.
The court heard that Noelle went to Chen's home at Peakville Grove near Jalan Simpang Bedok between 1am and 3am on Jan 2 last year.
While in his bedroom, she said she wanted to break up with him and told him that it would be the last time she would be seeing him.
Chen became angry and pinned her to the bed by holding down both her wrists with his hands. After that, he choked her before pressing her head and pulling her hair.
Chen then picked up a multi-purpose tool and pointed its blade at her neck.
He told her: "Don't lie to me, is this the last time we are meeting?" When Noelle said "yes", he added: "Since this is the last time we are meeting, why should I be nice to you?"
The girl became afraid and told him that she would meet him again. Noelle left his home when he fell asleep and she went to Whitley Neighbourhood Police Post to lodge a report about the incident.
In the theft case, Chen went to a Giant Supermarket at Simpang Bedok with two younger boys at around 4am on Sept 13, 2013, and stole items worth $114.71 in all, including six cans of beer and two packets of cigarettes.
His accomplices - a 13-year-old and a 15-year-old - cannot be named due to their ages.
The two younger boys have already been dealt with before Chen's current cases.
In mitigation, Chen's lawyer, Mr Adrian Wee, said that his client became an item with Noelle around December 2012 and January 2013. He added: "Immediately after the (tiff), (Chen) felt very remorseful and apologised to (Noelle). (She) appeared to accept (his) apology."
For committing criminal intimidation, Chen could have been jailed up to two years and fined.
This article was first published on Feb 18, 2015.
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