A Lavington man who threatened "I'll kill you" while sitting on his partner after throwing her to the ground must complete a men's behavioural change program.
Jack Alan Butterworth launched the attack after the victim arrived at a friend's home with their son.
He wanted to get the boy out of the car, but the woman refused. She believed it wouldn't be a good idea given his level of intoxication.
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Police said the threat left the victim "in fear for her life".
Albury Local Court magistrate condemned Butterworth's actions, though agreed with the 24-year-old's own assessment that it was "out-of-character".
"It's a pretty ugly incident," Mr Funston said, before asking Butterworth if he had something to say in his defence.
"I definitely regret doing everything I'd done," he said.
"It was definitely an out-of-character action. I regret what I put everyone through."
Mr Funston said the attack almost qualified Butterworth to be locked up.
But he decided not to because of his early guilty plea to intimidation, a domestic violence-related charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and resist police. Also in his favour was the lack of any similar incidents in the past.
"This men's behavioural change program may be of assistance," Mr Funston said.
The court was told Butterworth and the victim were in a relationship for about four years before separating two years ago.
Butterworth spent the day at a friend's house in Elton Court, Lavington, on January 23, listening to Triple J radio's Hottest 100 countdown.
The victim arrived with their three-year-old son about 8pm and soon after, refused to let Butterworth get the boy out of the car.
"The accused took exception to this and immediately became aggressive," police said.
"(He) grabbed the victim by her shirt before throwing her to the ground and holding her down.
"The accused said 'I'll kill you' while on the top of the victim."
He was "out of control" when police later arrived, threatening to kill everyone and punched his own car.
He then "violently" swung his arms while being arrested.
Mr Funston convicted Butterworth and put him on a 12-month community corrections order, with the condition that he complete the men's behavioural change program.
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