A Picton man who broke a bedside table and smashed a child's bedroom window during a drunken rampage in his former partner's home had earlier been imprisoned for attacking the same woman.
In Blenheim District Court on Monday, Jed Lockyer, 37, of Picton admitted two charges of wilful damage and was remanded for sentence on November 5.
Judge Chris Tuohy said he was concerned that Lockyer had been jailed for an earlier assault on the woman, but the woman had written to the court saying she did not want a protection order.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Mark Harris said Lockyer was extremely drunk when he went to the house about 11pm on September 23 after drinking home-brewed alcohol with a friend.
Lockyer was living at the house and had been in a relationship with the victim, but was not in a relationship with her at the time, he said.
Lockyer began walking through the house "ranting and raving" before confronting the victim, because she had a heater on and the power was in his name.
The frightened woman left the house and as she left she heard the sound of the bedside table being thrown and then the window in a child's bedroom being smashed, Mr Harrison said.
The woman did not object to Lockyer being bailed to her home, Mr Harrison said and defence lawyer Kent Arnott said Lockyer wanted the chance to repair the damage he caused.
However, Judge Tuohy granted Lockyer bail on condition that he did not go to the victim's home.
He asked for a pre-sentence report including an assessment of Lockyer's drinking and anger issues.
"Smashing up a house is one step down from smashing up a person," Judge Tuohy said.
"It's a symptom of the same uncontrolled anger."
- The Marlborough Express