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Proud jailed for brutal bashing of ex

AAP logoAAP 29/08/2016 Alexandra Patrikios

Former Brisbane Lions player Albert Proud has been jailed over a brutal attack that took a "catastrophic" toll on his then girlfriend, but could be released in just over a year.

Proud, 27, appeared in the Brisbane District Court on Monday having pleaded guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm on Richelle Kadadi, as well as a wilful damage charge.

In sentencing, Judge Tony Moynihan said Proud's November 2015 attack was "very serious offending" and had taken a "catastrophic" emotional and physical toll on the woman.

"This ordeal has had a profound effect on her life," the judge said, noting Proud's criminal history included assaults on other women.

He sentenced him to five-and-a-half years' jail but set parole eligibility for October 12, 2017.

Former AFL player Albert Proud has been jailed for a 2015 bashing attack on his then-partner. © Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images Former AFL player Albert Proud has been jailed for a 2015 bashing attack on his then-partner. It came after the court heard Proud's victim had needed urgent surgery to relieve pressure on her brain and suffered a skull fracture most likely after falling from a blow.

Crown prosecutor Joshua Hanna said Proud became violent after the couple, who had been together for about two-and-a-half months, attended a wedding and then a party on November 8, 2015.

The former athlete had been affectionate earlier in the evening but his mood shifted after Ms Kadadi handed him his wet clothes as they left the party, where he'd been pushed into a pool, he said.

When they got into her car he started striking the windscreen and gearstick before eventually attacking his then-partner in his Sunnybank home, it was heard.

Mr Hanna said she recalled being punched so hard in the chest she thought she was having a heart attack because of the "excruciating pain".

Later, the bride and groom from the wedding drove past the house and saw the "terrified" woman run onto the road, her clothes stretched from someone pulling them, the court heard.

The victim suffered from post-traumatic amnesia and spent 33 days in hospital recovering from the brutal attack.

Given her memory loss, Mr Hanna said it was hard to determine the precise details of the assault but it appeared she had suffered at least two blows to her head after the strike to her chest, as well as having been strangled and grabbed by her shoulders and arms.

In his submissions, defence barrister Greg McGuire said Proud himself couldn't explain why he'd lashed out, telling the court: "Something just snapped in him".

"Albert Proud sober is different from Albert Proud drunk," Mr McGuire said.

Proud played 29 games for the Lions before being sacked in 2011 following a litany of alcohol-fuelled incidents, he said.

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