A woman was subjected to hours of abuse including being burnt with a fire poker and cigarettes in a "bizarre" and prolonged assault in Penguin last year, a court heard.
On Wednesday, John Robert Hilzinger pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court in Burnie to four counts of assault and a number of less serious charges including animal cruelty and destruction of property.
On August 23, 2020 Hilzinger became violent and aggressive and began damaging property in the complainant's home before accidentally breaking his own bong, Ms James said.
This caused him to become more aggressive, and the woman then drove him to Hobart to buy a new bong.
On the way, he remained violent and smashed the windscreen and threw his Ugg boots and a speaker out of the car, the court heard.
Ms James said he assaulted her with his phone while they drove, and when they arrived in Hobart she bought him items from Kmart as he had forgotten his wallet.
They returned from Hobart that same evening, and while she drove Hilzinger burned the woman with cigarettes, bit her to the face and pulled her hair.
Ms James said when they returned to the property at Penguin, he produced a second bong from his shack and proclaimed he had a spare the whole time and that the trip to Hobart was a "test".
He then continued to assault the woman, setting fire to her property and then burning her with a hot fire poker and the burning leg of a table he had destroyed.
At one point in the evening Hilzinger picked up the woman's dog and threw it against the wall.
Ms James said he also spat energy drink in the woman's mouth and ears, grabbed her by the vagina over her clothes and punched her to the pelvis.
Justice Gregory Geason said the events of the evening were "terrible".
"It's terrible. It's terrible. It's cruel. There's cruelty to an animal as well," Justice Geason said.
It is unusual compared to the sorts of matters one normally sees in court.Justice Gregory Geason
Hilzinger's defence lawyer Cameron Scott said the facts as read to court did indeed paint a "bizarre set of circumstances".
He said his client had little recollection of the evening, and that Hilzinger was experiencing psychosis associated with cannabis use at the time.
Mr Scott said Hilzinger had been assessed by a psychiatrist and a psychologist and was now being treated and medicated for mental health issues.
He said evidence of Hilzinger's remorse included his guilty plea and his willingness to undergo psychological assessment and treatment.
Justice Geason said it was a "violent episode" which would typically warrant a period of imprisonment.
He order further pre-sentence reports and adjourned sentencing to November 30.
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