Vic court shown axe attack footage

Amber Wilson

Footage of a "highly traumatic" axe attack by a jealous man on his ex-partner in a bid to "spoil her beauty" has been played in a Melbourne court.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has pleaded guilty to one charge of intentionally causing serious injury in circumstances of gross violence, following the attack at a Narre Warren beauty parlour in March 2017.

The 46-year-old struck his former partner with an axe 23 times, including 12 times to the head and face, four times to the arms and seven times to the legs.

"The attack was caused by his jealousy and his inability to accept his ex had entered into a relationship with another man," prosecutor Andrew Grant told the County Court on Tuesday.

"He told those present that she deserved the attack.

"He said he deliberately targeted her face to spoil her beauty."

The court was shown footage of the attack, with images of the man chasing the 39-year-old woman around the beauty salon, striking her repeatedly.

Following the attack, the woman can be seen writhing in a pool of blood while the man stands nearby, speaking to witnesses.