A vicious attack by a man on his partner was so bad, it left her with a broken back in three places after he repeatedly kicked her while she was on the ground.
Bradley Smith then had what a magistrate called the gall to write the woman a letter in jail, saying he forgave her for what she had done to him.
He was this week sentenced in Wodonga Magistrates Court to two and a half years in jail, with a minimum of 20 months, after pleading guilty to charges including intentionally causing injury, assault, criminal damage and reckless conduct endangering serious injury.
Smith, 34, of Thurgoona, was living in Wodonga with his partner in June last year when after an argument one night, he damaged the walls of her house with a machete.
The next day, things got worse.
Smith put his hands around the woman's neck and choked her, then, as she screamed when she hit the ground, he kicked her multiple times.
Magistrate Ian Watkins condemned him for lying to neighbours who told him to stop - he falsely claimed he was doing it because the woman came at him with an axe.
"You viciously began kicking her and she lay defenceless on the ground. The kicks were of such force, that her body was moving with each blow, causing fractures to three of her vertebrae," Mr Watkins said.
Prosecutor Phillip Teo told the court the woman "was in clear pain and crying, she required assistance to walk".
The woman ended up with fractures to three points of her spine, bruises on her throat, a bloody nose and grazes to her feet, hand and hip.
Smith drove away from the house in his Holden Commodore after the assault and, when police tried to pull him over, he sped away at high speeds through residential areas of Wodonga.
He reached 113km/h in a 60km/h zone on Victoria Cross Parade and narrowly avoided crash when going through a roundabout at about 80km/h.
Officers caught up with him at Martin Park and narrowly avoided being hit with his car.
"Smith accelerated towards (the police) and turned sharply left, stopping directly in front ... with his driver's side closest to the police vehicle," Mr Teo said.
The pursuit was called off because Smith was a danger to the public.
He was arrested a couple of days later after returning to the victim's home, where police found him hiding in a cupboard under the kitchen bench, and has remained in custody.
In her victim impact statement, the woman said there are days she cannot feel her legs because of the nerve damage.
"Most things daily take me back to the day Brad attacked ... I'm scared all the time," she said.
"It hurts me mentally thinking back to when he wouldn't stop kicking me."
Mr Watkins called Smith's actions a "vicious and unprovoked assault on your partner".
"You have expressed no remorse or empathy for the impact of your offending on anybody. You have not regretted your conduct at all," he said.
Smith's defence solicitor Mario Vaccaro said his client was on parole in NSW until November after serving a jail sentence.
"He's spent a large portion of his adult life in custody," he said.
The court heard he suffered from depression and anxiety, and issues with the drug ice which led to a diagnosis of substance-induced psychotic disorder and stimulant use disorder.
Smith was also found to be a high risk of reoffending.
"He understands that it's serious offending," Mr Vaccaro said.
"He understands that methamphetamine use is a trigger to his offending and while he's using, he's likely to reoffend ... His intention is to remain free of it."