Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti was evasive, inconsistent after her disappearance, inquest hears


The husband of alleged Sydney fraudster Melissa Caddick was thought-about by police to be evasive, imprecise and inconsistent within the days following her disappearance, an inquest has heard.

Ms Caddick vanished from her Dover Heights dwelling, within the metropolis’s jap suburbs, in November 2020, hours after the Australian Funding and Securities Fee (ASIC) raided the property throughout investigations into her alleged Ponzi scheme.

Three months later, her decomposing foot washed up on a NSW south coast seaside.

The inquest has heard Ms Caddick is accused of defrauding traders of between $20 million and $30 million.

At present’s witness, Detective Sergeant Michael Kyneur, was the primary officer in control of the investigation after Ms Caddick was reported lacking by her husband, Anthony Koletti.

The courtroom heard on November 13, 2020, a colleague who had spoken to Mr Koletti relayed his observations to Detective Sergeant Kyneur.

“On the whole, he advised me that Mr Koletti was having issue remembering specifics of when he had final seen Melissa Caddick,” the witness mentioned.

He mentioned there was additionally “confusion” about what day their dwelling was raided, and his colleague’s impression of Mr Koletti was that he was evasive, imprecise and inconsistent.

Mr Koletti took round 30 hours to report Ms Caddick lacking after he assumed she’d gone for an early morning jog, leaving her cellphone and keys behind.

Detective Sergeant Kyneur’s colleague additionally prompt to him that he suspected Mr Koletti knew of Ms Caddick’s whereabouts, and that she might have “gone to floor”.

Anthony Koletti together with his spouse Melissa Caddick.(Equipped)

The courtroom heard of a PolAir search of the coastal space close to Ms Caddick’s dwelling, with police actively investigating the chance she had taken her personal life at close by cliffs.

“I realised she might have been below monumental stress,” Detective Sergeant Kyneur mentioned.

“Mr Koletti had talked about that space to the attending police.”

Detective Sergeant Kyneur was requested whether or not he suspected, on the finish of his shift on the thirteenth, whether or not Ms Caddick might have been the sufferer of a murder.

“Undoubtedly not,” he replied.

“There was no proof to counsel she’d been murdered.”

When he returned to work after the weekend, Detective Sergeant Kyneur reviewed a threat evaluation that labeled Ms Caddick’s case as being excessive threat.

These paperwork famous there was a “important chance” she had been injured or killed by one other particular person.

It additionally flagged the “actual chance” she had fled or dedicated self-harm “within the face of her pending prosecution”.

At present, he mentioned there was no proof Ms Caddick had suffered damage by the hands of Mr Koletti.

He mentioned Mr Koletti had given “conflicting variations on a variety of events”, however these obvious inconsistencies weren’t raised throughout a recorded interview on November 16.

“This was an announcement, I did not cross-examine him,” Detective Sergeant Kyneur mentioned.

“In equity to him, I additionally realised his spouse was lacking … I used to be aware of the sensitivities across the points.”

Detective Sergeant Kyneur mentioned he thought Mr Koletti might have had data as to Ms Caddick’s whereabouts, which he was withholding.

Mr Koletti, who’s scheduled to offer proof later, has not been charged in relation to Ms Caddick’s disappearance or her alleged monetary dealings.

The inquest, earlier than Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan, will run till Friday and return for a second week on the finish of the month.



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