A RAVENSWOOD man who fractured his partner's skull in front of their children and was later found hiding in a roof will be sentenced later this month.
The 32-year-old pleaded guilty in the Launceston's Supreme Court yesterday to grievous bodily harm and assault.
The court heard the man, who cannot be identified, had been drinking all day when he accused his wife of being a "crack whore".
As he began punching her, two of their children awoke and tried to pull him off their mother, who was attempting to flee.
The man then walked outside threatening to smash the victim's mother's car.
Instead he picked up a curtain rod and hit the woman in the back causing her to fall to her knees before he brought the rod down on her head.
When police arrived they found seven children in the home crying and a large amount of blood.
The woman was taken to the local hospital before being conveyed to the Launceston General Hospital with an open scalp wound and a depressed skull fracture.
Crown prosecutor Virginia Jones said the woman had a traumatic brain injury with a build-up of blood between part of her central nervous system and the skull.
The victim was flown to the Royal Hobart Hospital and underwent a craniectomy, which involved removing part of the bone flap in her skull.
Police located the accused about two weeks after the attack, which occurred in 2012, hiding in a roof at Waverley.
The man initially told police the woman had punched herself and got in the way of the curtain rod as he was attempting to smash a car window.
Ms Jones said the man had a history of domestic violence, including assaults on the victim.
In a plea of mitigation defence counsel Mark Doyle said the man had grown up in the shadow of violence perpetrated by his father against him and his mother.
"He acted out just as his father had towards him ... in the way of violent outburst and abuse," he said.
Mr Doyle said his client had been extremely remorseful, had apologised to his family and sought counselling. He said the victim had initiated that attack and bit the man on the face when he tried to offer her assistance after splitting her skull.
Justice Helen Wood took issue with the submission that there was no difference between a common assault and one set out in the criminal code. She said the attack was on a woman in her home in front of their children.
"Now that is a code assault," she said.
The court heard the man had been in custody since November but two of those months had been for firearm offences. The matter was adjourned until October 29.