Warning: This article contains information about domestic violence, which may be distressing for some readers.
1. Last week, Rachele Godsall’s partner “attacked her and left her for dead”. Now she has a message for other survivors.
— 7 News Perth (@7NewsPerth) November 9, 2017
Rachele Godsall, 45, said she had endured years of psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her partner, Brad Petterson.
Finally, last week, the Perth grandmother decided enough was enough, and told Brad she was leaving. What followed was what she described as a 24-hour ordeal which left her fighting for her life.
Speaking to 7 News, Rachele said the attack started when Brad hit her in the mouth – a hit that she says “felt like it had dislocated my jaw” – before she was made to sit on the floor, her hands and feed tied and a gag in her mouth.
She said Brad then drove her to a bushland, where he attempted to drug her with sleeping tablets. Somehow, she said she managed to convince him not to hurt her and the pair returned to their Seville Grove home.
But the next morning, when Rachele grabbed her keys to leave for good, she said Brad “grabbed a knife and looked at me”.
“[He] cut my throat,” she said.
“Then he did it three more times. Once he [saw] the blood spurting out, I was holding on to my throat, he got off of me.”
Thinking Rachele was dead, Brad stole her car and fled, dying in a car accident later the same day.
“I just kept thinking I wanted to see my kids and my granddaughter,” Rachele said
She managed to reach a neighbour for help, and is now recovering in Royal Perth Hospital after surgery to repair her windpipe. She had a tracheotomy inserted to allow her to breathe after her injuries.