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Former AFL star charged with attempted murder of his partner.

He was once on track to be a star in Australian sport. He has now been charged with attempted murder.

Warning: This post deals with domestic violence and may be distressing for some readers. 

Just two weeks ago this 35-year woman was in love, happy, elated. She glowed in her gushing tributes to her partner saying she was “blessed” to have a “selfless, loving man” in her life.

She now lies in a coma fighting for her life, allegedly at the hands of the very man she says “made her proud”.

35-year old Richelle Kadadi, the mother of a young son, has been beaten so severely, police say by her AFL star partner, that she suffered a brain haemorrhage. She was rushed to hospital from her home in Sunnybank, Brisbane with injuries so severe she is now in a critical condition fighting for her life.

The young mum and her partner, AFL player Albert Proud had attended a friend’s wedding only hours before the attack –  she posted images on social media of her and Proud.

Happy, smiling, kissing, in love.

Just hours before the attack at a friend’s wedding.

The AFL player – formerly from the Brisbane Lions – had been in a relationship with Ms Kadadi since August.

Her Facebook page shows image after image of the couple,  him referring to her as his “Queen” she calling him “my man.”

Around 2am on Sunday morning, just hours after attending the wedding, Ms Kadadi allegedly fled from her partner running to the street.

Her Facebook page shows image after image of the couple, him referring to her as his “Queen” she calling him “my man.”

According to News Limited the mother-of-one ran to the street to look for help when a car passing stopped to help her. Amazingly it was the bride and groom of the wedding they had just attended.

The couple rushed Ms Kadadi to Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital before she was transferred to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

Ms Kadadi suffered severe head and facial injuries, including a brain bleed, and remains in a coma. A hospital spokeswoman said her condition was critical but stable.

Proud had previously been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm for allegedly throwing a glass, resulting in facial injuries to a 23-year-old female patron at a Surfers Paradise nightclub in 2009.

Her partner, Albert Proud who played 29 games for the Brisbane Lions and recently played for Mt Gravatt Vultures was arrested and charged with attempted murder, acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm and wilful damage.

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The couple had been descried by friends as a “super couple”. Ms Kadadi, whose former partner and father of her son lives in Sydney wrote tributes to the man she credited with “looking after her little boy” saying she was “so in love with him”.

“Not only has he nursed me through a really rough two weeks health-wise, looked after my little boy and kept the smile on my face … I’ve just woken up this morning to a note from Albert Proud that he’s booked me into a day spa today to give me some rest,” she wrote.

“My mind is absolutely blown and I’m so blessed to have this selfless, loving man in my world.

“I’m so in love Proudy.”

Richelle had credited Proud with looking after her young son.

After a battle with sickness she said he had lovingly cared for her.

“He came back from the chemist one day with a bag full of stuff saying he pretty much bought everything to try and make the pain go away,” she wrote.

Proud wrote on her page  “Baby, just don’t make me out to be a big softie. I still gotta hold down the badass reputation here on FB — jokes. Enjoy it my Queen.”

Police say it was a miracle the young mum survived the attack.

Police say it was a miracle the young mum survived the attack.

Proud had previously been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm for allegedly throwing a glass, resulting in facial injuries to a 23-year-old female patron at a Surfers Paradise nightclub in 2009.

He pleaded guilty to the charge receiving court imposed sanctions including a three-month intensive correctional order, probation, 100 hours of community service, an $8,000 compensation order paid to the victims and further court approved counselling for his alcohol and anger management issues.

In 2010, Proud undertook psychiatric care in Brisbane, due to problems with alcohol following the death of his mother.

He did not apply for bail in court yesterday.

He is expected to appear again on November 19.

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