A father of two who threatened to 'cave in the head' of his ex-partner and mother of his children with a hammer has appeared in court.
The unnamed man appeared before Wollongong Local Court on Monday, facing 12 charges including assault.
The woman became scared for her safety in March when she became involved with a new partner after being in an 'on and off' relationship with the man, according to the Illawarra Mercury.
A father of two who threatened to 'cave in the head' of his ex-partner and mother of his children with a hammer appeared in Court on Monday
The woman received a text message off the man saying 'I'm going to cave your head in with a hammer'.
An apprehended violence order was issued to the man but he breached it the following month claiming that he wanted to see the children.
The woman initially denied him his request but apprehensively allowed the man entry after he threatened to smash the window.
Once inside the house the man put his forehead up against the woman's and said to her 'why are you doing this to our family? I love you'.
The woman resisted the mans advances and the pair became involved in a fight which resulted in one of the children being injured after trying to subdue his father who was holding down his mother.
The unnamed man appeared before Wollongong Local Court facing 12 charges including assault
The woman received a text message off the man saying 'I'm going to cave your head in with a hammer' after she started to see a new love interest
The woman was attacked by the man in which she was repeatedly thrown to the floor, following the attack the man stole the woman's phone and left
After the frightening attack in which the woman was also repeatedly thrown to the floor the man stole the woman's phone and left.
The woman also recounted to the court other times in which the man stalked her.
The man's lawyer, Danny Lagopodis, told the court that he was a loving father and only became violent after being refused access to his children.
'There can't be any dispute that he is a loving father,' he began.
But the Magistrate Mark Douglas said that the man subjected the children to frightening scenes and that what he did wasn't out of love.
'He's a loving father, so he commits acts of violence in front of his children?' he said.
'What he's done is wrong. In relation to the children, he may have feelings for them, I accept that, but what he's done in front of them is unacceptable, criminal behaviour.
'That is not what a loving father does. It's frightening for a young child to have to endure Mummy and Daddy going through that.
'It's frightening for a child to see that. He couldn't put his own needs – or what he thought were his own needs – to the side for the sake of his children.'
The man will be sentenced in December and in the mean time has been ordered to avoid contacting the woman or his children for two months.