A man who perpetrated a violent attack on a woman in her Albury home claimed in court they were in love and wanted to be married.
But the victim of Benjamin William King's assault was adamant she wanted nothing to do with the 43-year-old.
That resulted in an apprehended domestic violence order being granted to keep King away from her Crisp Street home and her workplace.
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The woman had tried to get away from King during an argument inside the unit, Albury Local Court has heard.
She walked outside, but King followed her and at one point slammed her into a brick wall.
That caused the woman's head to hit the wall, leaving her with a bleeding laceration.
"With any domestic violence offence like this, the threshold (for jail) has been crossed," magistrate Richard Funston said.
"If you get out today, you have to respect the apprehended domestic violence order."
Mr Funston emphasised that King could not go anywhere near where she lived and worked.
King, who had been in custody bail refused since May 15, was handed a six-month jail term after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police and resist police.
But he will get to serve the sentence in the community by way of intensive corrections order.
Earlier, defence lawyer Dave Barron said King's time in Junee jail had been "an eye-opening experience for him".
"He's had a significant deterrence by spending those couple of weeks in custody," he said.
"Prior to this it was 15 to 20 years since he's been in trouble."
King interrupted to say of the victim: "We both love each other and we both want to marry each other."
But then he said "I just want to go home and get the f ... out of Albury. Can I go back to my (jail) pod now."
To that, Mr Funston had to remind him how "we're in the middle of sentencing you".
The court was told the victim had allowed King to live in the unit for the 12 months leading up to the incident on February 4.
They argued just after 5.30am, the victim having been disturbed by King as she slept in the lounge room.
She later told police King was "bashing me".
Police were forced to use capsicum spray, with little effect, to arrest King, who wrestled with and assaulted one of the officers.
King was also placed on a 12-month community corrections order.