A magistrate said a victim would have felt extreme fear when her partner entered her house to threaten her about reporting family violence to police.
The man in his 30s, who The Courier cannot name to protect the victim's identity, was sentenced to eight months' imprisonment and an 18 month community corrections order on Friday.
He had pleaded guilty to six offences at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court.
A police summary reveals the victim had previously been in a relationship with the man's brother until he was imprisoned for a serious family violence incident against her.
The man and the victim then began a relationship until a no contact intervention order was imposed.
The man persistently breached the intervention order when he picked a lock to get inside the victim's unit three times while she was sleeping.
Drug use is the key to whether you go in and out of jail in future years.Magistrate Ron Saines
The first instance the victim woke to find the man in her doorway with grey masking tape and black hog ties in a bag.
The man did not make any reference to them but the victim was frightened they would be used to tie her hands and tape her mouth.
He told the victim she was a 'dog' and a 'lagging mutt' for reporting to police family violence perpetrated by his brother.
He said it was her fault his brother did what he did, she should shut her mouth and not bring down his brother's name and credibility.
The man said the victim needed to be taught a lesson.
He stole her tablet and personal security device from the unit.
The victim woke to the man in her house two more times that week.
Police executed a search warrant at the man's house and found drugs.
The same day the man approached the victim while she was at Craig's Royal Hotel with a friend and told her to withdraw her statement to police.
He followed her to the ladies bathroom where she had gone to escape and staff told him he was not allowed inside.
The man was also charged with breaching the Chief Health Officer's directions by going into lockdown areas in Melbourne to buy drugs.
Magistrate Ron Saines said despite the absence of physical harm or violence, the victim would have undoubtedly felt his menace and been in fear.
He said the seriousness of the offending was elevated because he has twice previously been sentenced for breaching family violence intervention orders.
"Your continuing breach of intervention orders warrants significant focus and emphasis on denunciation and deterrence," he said.
"Drug use is the key to whether you go in and out of jail in future years."
The man has already served 96 days of his eight month prison term.
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