A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly assaulting a woman with a hammer and blinding her in the left eye during a domestic dispute at Wallaga Lake on Saturday.
Shane Anthony Patten faced Batemans Bay Local Court on Monday via audio-visual link from the South Coast Correction Centre, charged with attempted murder and reckless grievous bodily harm.
Mr Patten did not apply for bail, however it was formally refused by Magistrate David Degnan. He is yet to enter a plea to the charges.
District Court public prosecutor Brett Diggins sought a six-week adjournment to prepare the brief of evidence.
The matter was adjourned to Batemans Bay Local Court on November 25 where Mr Patten is expected to again appear via audio-visual link.
Police allege he assaulted the 36-year-old woman with a hammer during a domestic dispute at about 3am on Saturday morning.
Emergency services were called to a house on Umbarra Road, Wallaga Lake, where they found an injured woman.
The woman was taken to Bega Hospital and then transferred to Canberra Hospital for treatment of facial fractures after allegedly being hit with a claw hammer.
Police from the Far South Coast Local Area Command investigated the matter and charged Mr Patten over the alleged assault.
About 8.50am on Saturday, the 39-year-old man was dropped off at Narooma before attending the local police station.
He was arrested by police and charged with attempted murder and recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm.
Police have now located the motorist, who dropped the man off in Narooma, and whom they had been searching for.
A Canberra Hospital spokeswoman on Monday said the woman was still in a "critical but stable" condition.