A former senior public servant who choked and bashed his partner so savagely she suffered 46 injuries and blacked out has avoided time behind bars for the "sustained and vicious" attack.
The man, 49, inflicted multiple bruises, abrasions and lacerations to the woman's face, head, back, chest and arms in the domestic violence attack and photographs of her injured body "painted an horrific picture", ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Helen Murrell said.
He had called triple-0 about 1am and told an operator he had struck his partner and needed an ambulance after the assault in a Chifley park near his home on March 12 last year.
Police rushed to the house and found the woman in bed with blood seeping from inside her left eye, which was bruised and swollen shut. Her eye socket was later found to have been severely fractured.
The court heard the pair had been drinking vodka and smoking marijuana earlier that night, before he had grown angry about a comment his partner made days earlier and attacked her.
He'd knocked the woman over and pinned her down as she cried for help, clamping his hands over her mouth and then around her neck as her legs flailed beneath him.
The man had lifted her head and slammed it into the ground as he choked her, before she tried to grab his hands in an attempt to escape.
She feared for her life as she told the man she loved him in a bid to calm him down before she eventually lost consciousness.
The man, who has not been named to protect the identity of his victim, was later charged and pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Prosecutor Melanie Moss told a sentence hearing on Wednesday the incident had been vicious and sustained.
"The complainant was in such a state she could barely see out of one of her eyes and her face was, quite frankly, black and blue.
"The attack was brutal, cowardly and inexcusable."
The pair had reconciled and the woman was in court to support the offender, who apologised for the attack through his Legal Aid defence lawyer and said he was deeply ashamed and remorseful.
His lawyer said it was difficult to reconcile his client's background - which featured senior professional roles within the public service - with his violent behaviour, but noted his childhood had been marred by physical abuse and domestic violence.
The court heard the man believed he was psychotic at the time of the attack and told police he'd been upset and intoxicated.
Chief Justice Murrell described the offence as mid-range and said while it was not premeditated, it caused serious injuries and would have been incredibly frightening for the victim.
She noted the offender's immediate remorse and his steps to phone for help and said he had done everything conceivably possible for his rehabilitation and should be able to continue.
He was sentenced to two years' imprisonment, to be fully suspended upon entering a three-year good behaviour order.