A former Wodonga Bulldogs player and AFL recruit will be sentenced next week after choking a woman, goading police to shoot him, and threatening a man with a knife.
Luke Trew put his hands around the woman's throat, causing her to struggle to breathe, after going to a pub at Apollo Bay in February, 2019.
The former Border resident, aged 41 at the time, cut his forehead with a knife and then held it to his throat.
"Do you want to see me kill myself," he said.
Trew repeatedly called the police and told them he was going to die because they would shoot him.
He then drove to another man's home and kicked in the door.
During another call to police, Trew said his victim couldn't speak because he had socks in his mouth, and threatened to cut the man's throat.
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He had accused him of being a paedophile, but there was no evidence to support this claim.
Trew has pleaded guilty in Victoria's County Court to common assault and aggravated burglary.
He played 39 games for Wodonga before being drafted by West Coast with pick 14 in 1995.
He was also recruited by the Western Bulldogs and Essendon in the 1990s, but did not play a senior game in the AFL.
His lawyer, Daniel Sala, said Trew's behaviour at the time was "manic", and he was dealing with a medication change as well as drug and alcohol issues.
Trew has been on bail since March 2019.
Judge Fiona Todd indicated Trew faced jail time.
He will remain on bail ahead of his sentence on February 1.
Australian Associated Press
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