A terrified teenage girl fled her father's Lavington home after he used a tomahawk to try to break through a door she had barricaded, a court has heard.
The 16-year-old had offered to cook her father dinner, then asked him for tips on how to make a chicken schnitzel.
This enraged the man, who cannot be named, and he attacked the girl.
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He grabbed her and tried to take her mobile phone, scratching her on the right forearm and across her chest.
"The victim has put her leg up to prevent the accused from further assaulting her and he has slapped her hard across the leg," police said.
The girl recorded the attack on her mobile phone.
The man has pleaded guilty to a domestic violence-related charge of common assault, along with destroy or damage property and stalk or intimidate.
But a second intimidation charge and one of carrying a cutting implement upon apprehension were withdrawn.
The accused was not in court, having been excused if legally represented.
The court had not been given notice the man would plead guilty this week.
"If I knew he was I wouldn't have excused him," magistrate Richard Funston told defence lawyer Emma Harrison.
The court heard the man was already serving a suspended 15-month jail term for knife-related offences when the incident happened on March 21.
The girl returned home about 10pm after spending the evening with her mother.
When she walked in, her father was sitting in a lounge chair having a beer and listening to music.
She offered to cook him a chicken schnitzel dinner, to which he agreed, then asked him "how to cook it".
After his temper turned sour he assaulted the girl, then threw a vacuum cleaner at her as she walked down the hallway but missed.
The man "screamed" at the girl, "threatening to kill her if she was on the phone to police".
She barricaded herself in her bedroom by bracing her feet on her bed with her back to the door.
He then hit the door so hard she could see the tomahawk blade breaking through the panel.
The man will be sentenced on July 15.