A man was injured after a burglar broke into his home and bashed him in the hallway on his way to bed, a court has heard.
James Jay Slater, 25, pleaded guilty at the County Court of Victoria on Monday to aggravated burglary and recklessly causing injury.
The prosecution summary states Slater walked through the carport of an Alfredton house carrying a metal pipe, accompanied by an unidentified co-offender, at 12.42am on May 24, 2019.
A 51-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman lived together at the house and the man was home alone at the time.
The man was walking toward his bedroom at 12.45am when he was confronted by Slater in the hallway.
Slater attacked and bashed the man, causing him to fall to the ground where he was further assaulted.
The court heard the victim was seeing stars and thought he was going to be knocked out, so he grabbed a hacksaw blade that was on the ground and started swinging it at Slater.
The victim got off the ground and grabbed a handgun from his bedroom, pointed it at Slater and said 'get the f*ck out of there'.
The victim yelled out 'ring the cops', pretending there was someone else home at the time and chased Slater out of the house.
The victim called police and attended hospital due to a cut on his head sustained during the assault.
Police attended the Alfredton home and found the glass sliding door to the carport ripped off its tracks and the metal pipe in the bedroom.
Blood stains were found in the bedroom and leading out of the property.
Fingerprint analysis matched Slater top the glass sliding door and his DNA was found on the metal pipe.
CCTV showed him entering through the carport.
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The court heard Slater committed the offences while on bail and in breach of a curfew condition.
He was living in Moonee Ponds at the time and did not know the victim.
Police interviewed Slater on July 2, 2019.
Slater told police he did not remember being in Alfredton in May because he had not been to Ballarat for 'quite a while'.
Slater was remanded into custody on July 4, 2019 and is currently serving another sentence, so no pre-sentence detention is applied to this offending.
He will return to court for sentencing on July 14.
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