MUR­DERED MUM’S TEXTS

Slain mum re­vealed fear of her part­ner

Herald Sun - - FRONT PAGE - ANEEKA SIMONIS

HAR­ROW­ING text mes­sages re­veal a slain mother’s fi­nal cry for help shortly be­fore she was al­legedly killed by her part­ner.

Dan­nyll Good­sell, 33, told friends she was “scared” of her boyfriend hours be­fore her body was found in her burn­ing unit in Mount Pleas­ant last Fri­day.

The mes­sages, ob­tained by the Her­ald Sun, re­veal Dan­nyll wanted help in the hours be­fore her death, but couldn’t ar­range a lift. “I am scared of Scott,” Ms Good­sell wrote in one mes­sage.

Scott Cameron, 35, has been charged with mur­der.

HAR­ROW­ING text mes­sages re­veal a slain mother’s fi­nal cry for help shortly be­fore she was al­legedly killed by her part­ner.

Dan­nyll Good­sell, 33, told friends she was “scared” of her boyfriend three hours be­fore her bru­talised body was dis­cov­ered in her burn­ing unit in Mount Pleas­ant on Fri­day last week.

The text mes­sages re­veal she sought help from friends shortly be­fore 5am that morn­ing. “I am scared of Scott,” she wrote to a friend.

Her part­ner, Scott Cameron, 35, has been charged with her mur­der.

The texts, ob­tained by the Her­ald Sun, re­veal Ms Good­sell wanted help in the hours be­fore her death but had “no wheels” and couldn’t ar­range a lift.

The mother of two never re­sponded when asked by her friend if she wanted her to come to her.

“Was too late,” the friend told the Her­ald Sun.

“She wanted us there be­cause she was scared. She never told me she was afraid un­til that night.”

The Her­ald Sun un­der­stands an edged weapon was used to kill Ms Good­sell.

An­other friend, Shar­alee Nor­man, said she wit­nessed Mr Cameron be­ing abu­sive to­ward Ms Good­sell through­out their re­la­tion­ship.

“Her last min­utes would have been ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing,” she said. “The cops were there ev­ery sec­ond day … and now she’s gone.”

The friend who re­ceived the texts said Mr Cameron ap­peared to be pos­ses­sive of the mum. “He wouldn’t leave her alone. Would fol­low her to the toi­let,” she said.

Ms Good­sell’s badly in­jured body was dis­cov­ered by emer­gency work­ers af­ter they ex­tin­guished a fire at the share house.

Homi­cide squad de­tec­tives ruled out fire as the cause of death and Mr Cameron was charged with her mur­der last Satur­day.

He failed to front Bal­larat Mag­is­trates’ Court on Mon­day due to prob­lems in cus­tody. The ac­cused killer was re­manded in cus­tody and will reap­pear in court in Fe­bru­ary next year.

Ms Good­sell had a young son and daugh­ter, who lived in­ter­state.

Her friend said she be­gan a re­la­tion­ship with Mr Cameron about three to four months prior to her death.

He and his brother had been liv­ing with her at the Ken­wor­thy Place unit, said the friend. The prop­erty was well known in the neigh­bour­hood for its trou­bled his­tory.

Ms Good­sell’s friend, who also used to live at the unit, said a tom­a­hawk and ma­chete were among the weapons kept in­side the house.

The slain mum moved from NSW to the Bal­larat re­gion about three years ago.

Heart­bro­ken friends ex­pressed their re­gret at not be­ing there to “pro­tect” her.

“A thou­sand words can’t bring you back … I know be­cause I’ve tried. I’m sorry I wasn’t there to pro­tect you,” wrote friend Jay Khann.

Ms Good­sell was one of six women mur­dered in just five days last week.

Po­lice have charged men with all but one of the deaths, which re­mains un­solved.

De­stroy the Joint, which doc­u­ments do­mes­tic vi­o­lence deaths, has re­ported 54 women have died due to vi­o­lence this year. The deaths have al­ready sur­passed the num­ber recorded across 2017.

The White Rib­bon Foun­da­tion re­ports one woman dies at the al­leged hands of a part­ner on av­er­age each week.

A GoFund Me page has been es­tab­lished to sup­port Ms Good­sell’s chil­dren.

Dan­nyll Good­sell and part­ner Scott Cameron (below), who has been charged with her mur­der.

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