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Melissa Caddick inquest hears of husband’s ‘evasive’ behaviour


The first officer in charge of investigating the disappearance of fraudster Melissa Caddick was told her husband had given a number of conflicting and confusing stories.

Detective Sergeant Michael Kyneur had read a police file stating that Anthony Koletti appeared flustered, sweating profusely and unsure of details regarding when he last saw his wife.

The officer on Tuesday was asked by Louise Coleman, junior counsel assisting the coroner at Caddick’s inquest, why he did not press Koletti on his inconsistencies.

A detective has told an inquest Melissa Caddick’s husband Anthony Koletti gave conflicting accounts of her disappearance. (NSW Police)

Kyneur said he was mindful that his wife had recently vanished.

“I didn’t cross-examine what he was saying in fairness to him, I also realised his wife was missing and I took that into consideration,” he said.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission raided Caddick’s Dover Heights mansion in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 11, 2021. This is the last verified sighting of the conwoman.

The next morning she was purportedly heard leaving in the early hours to exercise, and some 30 hours after that Koletti informed police she never returned.

Sergeant Trent Riley visited the hairdresser and part-time music producer at home on November 13 because he was “too busy” to visit the police station.

A bunch of flowers at the fence in front of the Dover Heights home of Anthony Koletti, Melissa Caddick and her 15 year old son reside. Part of Melissa Caddicks remains were found at Bournda Beach on the South Coast of NSW. Dover Heights, Sydney, NSW. 26th February, 2021. Photo: Kate Geraghty
Caddick was last seen after a raid of her Dover Heights home. (Kate Geraghty)

Riley told Kyneur that he found Koletti “evasive, vague and inconsistent”.

The different versions Koletti gave to police included who found his wife’s phone and where it was located, in one version saying he left a post-it note and a gift with it.

“Melissa we had everything taken from us. This is a gift for you,” the note allegedly read, with a pair of earrings “I had lying around,” Koletti said, according to Kyneur’s evidence.

Koletti also told him he texted the cleaner from his wife’s phone the day she disappeared to cancel the appointment, pretending to be her.

He then phoned her “best friend” and brother Adam Grimley but did not tell them Caddick was missing, to elicit “an honest answer”, he told Kyneur.

A video played before the court showed Koletti telling the friend “Melissa is asleep beside me”, hours after she had disappeared.

Kyneur gave Koletti the benefit of the doubt but did find his behaviour and reports to police “unusual”.

“I was also aware he attended the coastline at Raleigh Reserve (and) he had taken a photograph of a shoe print,” the detective said.

Melissa Caddick dress $400,000 son's school fundraiser Anthony Koletti
Melissa Caddick and her husband Anthony Koletti are wearing a collective $400,000 in clothes and accessories in this photo. (Supplied)

“I thought that was extraordinary.

“That’s a dog park. It’s like saying I found a footprint on Bondi Beach.”

And he found Koletti’s demeanour strange.

“He didn’t appear to be overly concerned,” he said.

“In my experience, if your spouse or loved one goes missing there is usually some genuine concern or some type of emotion.”

While he did not believe Koletti had murdered his wife, he did believe he may be withholding information about her location.

Coleman asked why the homicide squad was not brought in early on nor a crime scene established until 19 days after she was reported missing.

Kyneur said Koletti was always cooperative and consented to police searches.

After calling for information from the public through the media on November 20, the officer in charge visited the three-storey, five-bedroom home and conducted a 14-minute search.

Before Melissa Caddick disappeared in November 2020, the Sydney business woman ripped off more than 60 investors to the tune of $25 million dollars.
Caddick allegedly used a Ponzi scheme to fraud her victims of $20 to $30 million. (Nine)

Barrister Lachlan Gyles SC, on behalf of the NSW police, said the force believed she would turn up.

“Ms Caddick at this point could well have walked into her residence or walked into Rose Bay Police Station, or a Gucci retail shop and the investigation would have completed largely without controversy,” he said.

Caddick’s Ponzi scheme victims, mostly family and friends, lost $20 to $30 million she used to fund her lavish lifestyle.

In February 2021 her foot encased in a shoe washed ashore at Bournda Beach on the NSW south coast.



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