A man jailed for seriously assaulting his partner while on an extended crime spree appealed the severity of his sentence.
Daniel James Watson, aged 32, was unemployed and living at Milton Showground when police arrested him on September 27, 2019.
He was charged with two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and one count of intentionally choking without consent, against his on again, off again girlfriend of 12 years and in August of 2020 he was sentenced to four years' imprisonment with a two-year non-parole period.
He was also charged with two counts of larceny, one count of goods in custody, break, enter and steal and attempt to break and enter.
In Nowra District Court on October 16, Watson said the pair had been taking drugs while in the bush around Burril Lake, Shallow Crossing and East Lynne when he became convinced his girlfriend was "following him".
Watson severely beat her on September 21 and 22. In the first incident he punched her and hit her with a torch before pushing her to the ground and continuing to hit and kick her.
The next morning he assaulted her again, before he choked her. She walked to East Lynne service station and reported the assaults.
Watson blamed his crimes on a combination of drug abuse and mental illness.
However, the prosecution pointed out that Watson's claims in court on October 16 differed significantly from his statement to a psychologist after his arrest.
"You denied you had assaulted her in the past," said prosecutor Wilcox-Watson.
"You initially claimed you assaulted [the victim] because you believed she was cheating on you.
"Isn't it true you are deliberately tailoring your responses to present the best impression of yourself to the court?"
Watson earlier pleaded guilty to police facts that said he admitted to checking Trivago to see if a house he robbed would be vacant.
Mr Wilcox-Watson said that behaviour showed Watson was capable of rational thought at the time of his offending.
Watson denied he was misrepresenting the circumstances around his offending and said he simply had not had time to disclose everything to the psychologist initially.
However, Judge Robyn Tupman was sceptical of Watson's evidence.
"One account is of drug-induced psychosis, the other is of behaving like an absolute beast because he thought a person was cheating on him," Judge Tupman said.
"There's nothing in the facts I could use to attest the truth of what he said to the doctor versus what he's saying now."
The matter has been stood over for judgment on October 29.