A habitual offender has been jailed for 10 months for yet another "terrifying" episode of violence directed at his partner.
Kyle Matthews unleashed his fury when he questioned the manner in which the victim wiped the nose of their 11-month-old child.
They argued and then when she tried to call the police, Matthews grabbed her mobile phone and smashed the device on a tile in the bathroom of their West Albury home.
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When she tried to grab her second phone out of his pocket, Matthews "grabbed the victim by her left wrist and reefed her hand out".
In fear, Albury Local Court has heard, the woman fled to a neighbour's home to get them to call the police instead.
Defence lawyer Mitchell Irwin had asked for Matthews' release on an intensive corrections order.
But magistrate Miranda Moody said nothing other than full-time jail would suffice for the 29-year-old over the incident at the woman's home on April 15 about 8pm.
"Clearly being on parole did not discourage him from offending in the violent nature that he did," she said.
"He's clearly a drug addict. I do consider that the victim was very frightened.
"It won't be an intensive corrections order, no way, not on that record."
Matthews, who had been in a relationship with the victim for three years, pleaded guilty to contravention of an apprehended violence order, common assault and destroy property.
Ms Moody said Matthews had received bonds for illicit drug-related offending, had been put on a community corrections order for escaping legal custody - that involved him pushing over a prison guard to try to get out of the court cells - and was jailed last year for assaulting and resisting police.
Defence lawyer Mitchell Irwin argued his client was "remorseful" and that his offending was at the lower end of the scale of violence.
That last point drew a strong objection from prosecutor Sergeant Nicole Peacock, who said it was a "terrifying" incident.
"This occurred in her own home, this occurred in her sanctuary, this occurred in front of the children," she said.
"The fear that this woman would have been feeling without being able to get assistance would have been enormous.
"The accused has a history of violence."
Matthews must serve five months in jail before he is released on parole on September 16.
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