Four weeks after assaulting his ex-partner, North Albury man Dylan Perinoni attempted to choke her when she refused to resume their relationship.
He put two hands around her neck and, Albury Local Court has heard, squeezed for about 10 seconds.
The victim could breath but the assault was still enough to leave fingermarks on her neck.
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The extreme fear this caused led to her kicking Perinoni in the ribs, the blow just enough to make him release his grip.
Perinoni, 23, made no comment about the attacks after pleading guilty this week to two counts of common assault.
The court was told that Perinoni was already on two District Court bonds for undisclosed matters at the time of his offending.
The victim, police said, had considerable concerns about Perinoni's erratic behaviour caused by his addiction to methamphetamine.
The court was told that Perinoni, who now lives at a caravan park, and the victim began a relationship on February 20.
The woman already had a one-year-old daughter from a previous relationship and, at the time of the first assault, was 24 weeks' pregnant to Perinoni.
"The victim," police said, "described their relationship as volatile, with the accused's drug use at times being consistent with using a high quantity of methamphetamine for around two months."
During that time Perinoni would not sleep, which put considerable strain on the victim because his paranoid and agitated state made it difficult for her to care for her young daughter.
The first assault was on May 27.
About 11.30pm, the victim was at a friend's Lavington unit when she heard a tap on her window.
It was Perinoni, who asked to be let in "because he was cold".
The friend then saw him climb through a window.
He grabbed the victim's wrist, squeezing hard enough to cause bruising.
The choking incident happened at the victim's mother's home on the morning of June 23.
Perinoni will be sentenced on October 22.