A Victorian man has been jailed for holding a knife to his eight-year-old stepson's stomach, beating him with a baseball bat, hammer handle and walking stick.
The 36-year-old Traralgon man has been jailed for three years and nine months over nine separate attacks on the boy, at the beginning of a relationship with his mother.
Over seven months in 2015 and 2016, he hit the boy, wrapped a t-shirt around his neck, squashed him until he had difficulty breathing and dragged him around by the neck, causing carpet burns.
He held a knife to the boy's stomach, pinched his nipples and threatened to break his head like a toy.
He struck the boy's legs with a hammer handle and walking stick and hit him with a baseball bat until he was "black and blue", County Court Judge Damian Murphy said on Wednesday.
At the time, the man was on a community corrections order after assaulting his former partner's 12-year-old daughter.
The man will serve two years and three months' jail before he's eligible for parole.
Judge Murphy said the man continues to have the boy's mother's support and and a woman yelled and heaved in court.
"Two years. I can't live without him for two years," she cried.
"We were meant to get married this year."
The boy, now 11, lives with his grandparents who say he is a "very angry boy" and "it looked like he was tortured" before he came to live with them.
A jury convicted the man of eight charges of intentionally causing injury, three of recklessly causing injury, one charge of threatening to inflict serious injury and three of common assault.
A psychologist said the offender, who was abused by his own stepfather, had partial remorse and with several years of psychotherapy and parenting programs, had some prospect of rehabilitation.
But the court heard for now he poses a significant risk.