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Man who stomped on girlfriend tries to reverse guilty plea

A Sydney man who repeatedly stomped on his girlfriend's head has been lambasted by a District Court judge after trying to reverse an earlier guilty plea to the crime on the grounds that he "can't remember" what happened.

On January 16, 2010, Trent Wainwright, then 27, threw his 19-year-old girlfriend on to a concrete driveway, dropped a large terracotta flower pot on her head and then stomped on her.

Last year the Mortdale man pleaded guilty to assault occasioning grievous bodily harm with intent. In March this year he agreed almost entirely with the police's version of what happened.

However, just as Wainwright was due to commence a sentencing hearing in the Downing Centre District Court on Friday, he attempted to reverse his plea, telling the court he now had "no memory" of what had happened.

"Mr Wainwright can remember the incidents leading up to the assault, including ejecting the victim from the house," his barrister, Ertunc Ozen, told the court.

"But he has no memory of the injuries that occurred."

Mr Ozen said his client had epilepsy, suggesting that this may have affected his memory of what happened on the night in question.

He also said Wainwright had told him that his guilty plea and subsequent agreement to the police version of what happened were the result of his mental condition, which meant he had not been fully aware of what was going on.

But judge Stephen Norrish was scathingly critical of the sudden about-face and refused to allow the offender to reverse his earlier plea.

"It smacks of unreality in the circumstances of the evidence. Her face was so swollen she was unable to open one of her eyes," Judge Norrish said.

"She had multiple facial lacerations, a two-centimetre cut above the right eye, a five-centimetre cut above the left eye ... Teeth were lose, teeth were chipped ... She had a fracture to her left orbital ... she had a plate in her right mandible.

"How did that happen? She fell over?"

Wainwright repeatedly interjected during the proceedings, complaining that he had been placed in a cell with a flickering light which was exacerbating his epilepsy and giving his lawyers instructions on the run in a loud voice.

Judge Norrish instructed the accused to stop calling out and he eventually did so.

Wainwright will return to court for sentencing on June 12.

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