A Thurgoona man armed with a claw hammer has admitted he barged into another man's house "in an intimidating way" while the victim's young children slept nearby.
Andrew Michael Crighton, Albury Local Court has heard, was trying to find his ex-partner when he came through the front door of the Lavington house.
"Where the f ... is she, you dog?" Crighton barked at the man.
The man replied that he did not know.
Crighton's actions have him languishing in jail, bail refused.
He will remain so after he was committed this week for sentence in the District Court, at the sittings scheduled to get under way on October 14.
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The sentencing will be on a single charge of aggravated break and enter and commit a serious indictable offence with people present, to which he entered a plea of guilty.
That came after all other charges were withdrawn by Director of Public Prosecutions representative Lucy Patterson.
The court was told that the victim was related to the 34-year-old Crighton.
In the days before the incident, Crighton made inquiries with family members as to the whereabouts of his ex-partner.
On January 19, about 1.45pm, the victim was in the lounge room of his Centaur Road home with his three children, aged 5, 2 and 18 months.
Two of the children were asleep on a mattress on the floor, while the middle child was asleep on the victim's shoulder.
At the same time, Crighton walked into the house and stood in front of the victim.
"The offender held the hammer in an intimidating manner towards (the victim)," police said.
When he didn't like the victim's reply, Crighton searched the house for his ex-partner then grabbed the victim's mobile phone to find her contact details.
The victim followed as Crighton left the house and got in his car, but "the offender quickly got out and aggressively rushed towards (the victim), which caused him to retreat back inside the premises".
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