A MAN who used a baseball bat to break into his ex-girlfriend's house because of perceived love rivalry will be sentenced today .
Aaron Christopher Evans, 22, of Casino Court in Portland, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to aggravated burglary, criminal damage and threatening to inflict serious injury.
The court heard that between 10pm and 11pm on June 3 last year Evans decided to go to his ex-girlfriend's house in Oswald Street, Portland. The woman was home with her two daughters, her sister and a male friend.
Evans peered through a gap in the curtains and became agitated, telling the man he was going to get him and punched the window.
Evans then went home and smoked marijuana and beer before grabbing a baseball bat and driving back to his former girlfriend's house.
He used the baseball bat to smash his way into the house through a glass door and searched for the man, who had hidden in a bedroom with one of the children.
The ex-girlfriend tried to stop Evans from entering the bedroom and he eventually left.
Evans admitted his actions to police , saying he wanted to kill the man.
Crown prosecutor Justin Lewis said Evans only stopped because he knew a child was present .
No victim impact statements were tendered to the court. Defence counsel Patrick Howman said that at the time Evans had been struggling with a relationship breakdown.
One the night of his rampage he made the wrong assumption that the male friend had shown an interest in his ex-girlfriend.
Mr Howman said it was most unfortunate that he had jumped to the wrong conclusion.
The court heard Evans was raised in Portland and his parents separated when he was nine.
Mr Howman said Evans described his mother as a drug addict and he had been put in state care before he went to live with his father when he was about 14.
Two character references were presented to Judge Mark Gamble. Evidence was also provided by a skipper of a fishing vessel which Evans had worked on as a deckhand and relief engineer.
The man said in the last 10 to 11 months Evans had really tried and "pulled his head in".
He said Evans often said his one wish was to take the last 18 months back and start again.
Mr Howman submitted the offending was at the lower end of aggravated burglary charges.
But Judge Gamble said the offending involved intent to assault as opposed to intent to steal and there were children present which was an aggravating factor.
Judge Gamble adjourned the defendant's sentencing until today .
Evans was released on bail.