An experienced south-west magistrate has jailed a man for nearly two years over one of "the worst cases of family violence" he had ever heard.
A 43-year-old Portland man, who cannot be named because that could identify the victim, pleaded guilty in Warrnambool Magistrates Court to two counts of intentionally causing injury.
The court heard on August 14 last year the man attended his former partner's home and began verbally abusing her.
He dragged her out of bed by her arm and punched her several times to the neck, back, breasts and chest. He continued to beat the victim for about seven hours before attempting to strangle her and then leaving the property.
The victim fled to a friend's house for safety but the offender tracked her down.
The court heard he entered the backyard of the property and the occupant, a 63-year-old male with an acquired brain injury, went outside to tell him to leave.
The offender punched the man four times to the head and once to the ribs.
Michael Coghlan, a magistrate for nearly 20 years, said the offending was one of the worst family violence cases he had ever heard.
"This is a sustained incident of violence inflicted upon your former partner over a period of about seven hours," he said.
"During that time you punched her, threw her to the ground, stood on her and used your forearm to cause injury.
"Photographs show very, very extensive bruising to the upper body, chest area, the breast, arms and even back of the victim."
The magistrate said the second victim suffered fractures to three of his ribs, as well as lacerations to his eye and ear area.
"This is a 63-year-old man with an acquired brain injury, clearly the assault has had a significant impact on him," he said.
"These matters are serious enough to warrant an immediate term of imprisonment."
The man was jailed for 21 months with a non-parole period of 15 months.
He has served 92 days in custody on remand.
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