A man who stalked his ex girlfriend and broke into her home and attacked her and her new boyfriend has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years jail.
The then 19-year-old stalked the women after she broke up with him, following her home from work to find out where she lived, a court heard that he even downloaded a floorplan of her house to plan that attack.
The woman woke up to her pillow being pulled out from under her and the man crouching next to her bed, reports the ABC.
"She screamed and her boyfriend jumped across the bed and tackled you to the floor," Judge Paul Muscat said.
The couple both suffered stab wounds, with the woman also suffering a punctured lung.
The judge rejected the man’s claims he never intended to hurt anyone.
"The text messages you sent your ex-girlfriend are revealing, you were plainly feeling rejected, jealous and angry after she left you and especially after you discovered she was involved with another boy," the Judge said according to the ABC.
"Disturbingly you had even downloaded a floor plan of that house from a website."
The court took into account a psychologists assessment of the accused as well as how the incident had affected the woman and that she remained “petrified” and was suffering from anxiety and depression.
"You have scarred her both physically and emotionally. She is no longer the same and tragically may never be so again."
The man was sentenced to four years, eight months and 12 days.