A North Albury man has breached a court order by visiting his ex-partner then hitting her on the head with a large water meter cover.
Police said the woman had let James Roy Delphin into her house earlier only to "prevent any problems".
But the decision to safeguard her own safety ended with her suffering a deep laceration to her head.
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Delphin, 24, of Swan Street, previously pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court - via a video link to jail, where he is held bail refused - to charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and contravention of an apprehended violence order.
Charges of use offensive weapon to commit an indictable offence and a second count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm were withdrawn this week.
The court was told that Delphin and the victim had been in an 18-month relationship that ended six months before the incident.
The victim later had an apprehended violence order put in place, with this not due to expire until February 25, 2021.
Police said Delphin was present in court when the order was made by the magistrate.
His offending took place on October 26 when he entered the woman's North Albury property, heading straight to the back door.
This meant Delphin had breached the order, but the woman wanted to keep the peace so let him inside.
Delphin then went to sleep in the lounge room, where he stayed until he was woken by the woman the next day about midday and told to "get out".
Police said the pair argued and, at one point, Delphin "has bitten the victim on her right forearm".
Delphin fled via the back door and jumped a couple of fences, while the victim went out the front and said she was going to call the police.
But then he returned, to the front yard, from a park across the road.
"They have started to yell and call each other names and the accused has grabbed the victim by the hair, picked up a large, heavy water meter cover and struck her on the top of her head."
Delphin will be sentenced on March 3.