Warning: this post contains graphic descriptions of domestic violence that may be triggering for some readers.
Richelle Kadadi is haunted every day by the thought that her son was nearly forced to face life without his mum. It was all because of one man, a man she loved.
Kadadi was hospitalised with severe injuries and bleeding to her brain after her then boyfriend, ex-Brisbane Lion’s player, Albert Proud, brutally assaulted her in November 2015.
Yesterday, he was sentenced to five and a half years behind bars for grievous bodily harm and willful damage, after an attempted murder charge was earlier dropped due to lack of evidence. With time already served, he’ll be eligible for parole in October next year.
Appearing on The Project last night, Kadadi slammed the decision.
“It is a let down. It’s a let down for me, it’s a let down for everyone,” she said. “I’ve had hundreds of messages of support [from] people who have gone through similar things, and I just feel like it’s let them down.”
Albert Proud and Richell Kadadi. Image: Facebook.
Proud, 27, had a colourful criminal record, including offences for violence against women, and was on parole when he bashed Kadadi that night.
"I had seen him act oddly before when he drank; we'd already talked about it. But I could normally calm him down," she said on last night's episode.
But that night in November, he didn't hold back.
The couple had been at a friend's wedding, and Kadadi previously told The Courier Mail that Proud had being typically "loving and affectionate" all evening. But when she drove him home, things suddenly changed. Without a word, he drunkenly turned on her, punching her in the chest.
"I was petrified. Absolutely petrified," she said during tonight's interview. "I remember thinking, 'he's going to kill me'. So then I started begging him, I thought 'act weak' and I started begging him, saying 'please, please, my son, my son', trying to get some rationality into his brain."