A Culcairn man had to be told by a magistrate to be quiet when he repeatedly said "no, no" on being jailed for inflicting violence on his heavily pregnant partner.
Steven Dodds began shaking his head on hearing he would not be let out of jail until December 27.
That was after magistrate Rodney Brender imposed a 12-month sentence on Dodds, who will be released on parole after nine months.
Mr Brender told Dodds, who fronted Albury Local Court this week via a video link to jail, that he had pleaded guilty so had no grounds to interrupt his sentencing.
Dodds is also facing prosecution over unrelated allegations of a rape at Culcairn on December 3.
Mr Brender said Dodds had long-term mental health issues, had been a user of both cannabis and methamphetamine and had suffered sexual abuse as a child.
Dodds had been convicted in his absence when the domestic violence-related charges went before court back on October 25.
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Mr Brender highlighted how Dodds had threatened her with a metal fire poker, with a hook on the end, when he attacked his former partner of 12 years.
The woman, now 36, was 38 weeks' pregnant when attacked by Dodds, at a residence in the south-western Sydney suburb of Mount Annan on August 25.
Dodds pleaded guilty to common assault, armed with intent to commit an indictable offence, stalk and intimidate and destroy or damage property over this incident.
The court heard previously how Dodds had been living with her in Sydney for about four months.
They and their child had gone that afternoon to visit friends in another suburb.
As they drove back, Dodds screamed at the woman and told her he would not allow her to see her friends again.
The verbal abuse continued after they returned home, though he also told her to stay in their car and not come inside.
Instead, Dodds used the five-year-old to relay messages between them.
When she was eventually let back inside, he approached her with a 50-centimetre metal fire stoker and threatened: "I'm going to kill you with it."
At one point he pushed her back in to a chair, distressing her unborn child, and told the five-year-old: "I'm going to die. Mummy has done this. Remember this."
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