A savage, frightening attack on a defenceless woman in her West Albury home has been described as "at the very extreme of domestic violence offending".
"Your thuggish, brutal conduct will not be tolerated," magistrate Richard Funston told Nathan Troy Vercoe on Tuesday.
Vercoe tried, through defence lawyer Mitchell Irwin, to portray himself as a man suffering his own traumas.
One was his best mate, Lloyd Kennedy, dying in his arms after a Lavington stabbing in 2016, Mr Irwin said, and being the victim of child sexual abuse, matters Mr Funston said he acknowledged.
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But he was scathing of the relentless violence inflicted by Vercoe on his partner, who he woke with his yelling and screaming before trying to strangle the woman and who he then repeatedly punched to the head.
Mr Funston sentenced the Lavington man in Albury Local Court to four years' jail, which with a non-parole period of two years will have him behind bars until January 5, 2023.
"Domestic violence is a blight on society," he told the 44-year-old.
"As far as I'm concerned, Mr Vercoe, you are a brutal thug. What I'm saying to you, Mr Vercoe, is enough is enough."
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