A BENDIGO man repeatedly punched his mother and brandished a sword at his sister during a series of drunken attacks, a court has heard.
The 26-year-old man appeared in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court on Thursday where pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to the family violence incidents.
The court heard an intervention order was issued on September 25 last year with the man's mother listed as the protected person.
A few days later, the man went to his mother's home in breach of the order. The man approached his mother and punched her to the face six times, causing a blood nose and swelling to her face.
The man then went to the room where his brother was sleeping. He was carrying a large kitchen knife as he threatened to kill his brother, mother, and father.
The man's father came into the room and took the knife off his son. The 26-year-old left the property and the man's father asked the neighbours to call the police.
The offender returned to the property and punched his brother to the head. He again left before police arrived on scene. The man could not be located and was not interviewed for the offending.
The court heard then on August 14 this year, police were called to a Bendigo property after hearing yelling. Officers entered the house and saw the 26-year-old brandishing a sword in the direction of his sister.
The woman had her two-year-old and five-year-old children in the property at the time. The court heard the children were clearly distressed.
The officers told the intoxicated man to put down the weapon, which he did. The man had caused damage to a door frame, kitchen bench, and wall during the offending.
Defence lawyer Ellie Hayes-Childs told the court the man had a traumatic childhood filled with alcohol abuse and violence from his mother.
Ms Hayes-Childs said her client had struggled with his mental health and become dependent on alcohol since the age of 16.
The defence counsel said the man had previously failed on community corrections orders and was somewhat reluctant to try again.
Magistrate Trieu Huynh said it was clearly "really serious" family violence that was "terrible, unwarranted, and spontaneous".
The 26-year-old man told the magistrate that he did not want a community corrections order because it would only set him up to fail.
Mr Huynh said he appreciated the man's honesty but noted his 68 days of pre-sentence detention would not be a sufficient jail term.
The case was adjourned to allow the magistrate time to read any relevant psychological material.
The man was remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced in the Bendigo Magistrates' Court next week.
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