Inquest hears Melissa Caddick investigation too narrow in focus

The inquest has heard that the initial assessment by senior police was that there was a significant possibility that Caddick had been harmed or murdered by “someone connected with her criminal activity”.

The other possibilities were that she had self-harmed or was on the run.

Browne said that it was important in the early stages of any investigation to “keep an open mind” but he felt that Kyneur was focussing only on the theory that Caddick had voluntarily gone missing.

Anthony Koletti and Melissa Caddick.

Counsel assisting the coroner, Jason Downing, SC, also raised questions as to why the homicide squad wasn’t involved immediately to rule out foul play.

As a result of the Caddick case, Browne told the inquest that the wording of the police’s Standard Operating Procedure had been re-worded to remove any ambiguity about notifying homicide detectives.

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On February 21, 2021, a right shoe washed up at Bournda on the far South Coast of NSW. The decomposing remains in the shoe were a DNA match for Caddick.

The inquest has previously heard that because of his 30-hour delay in reporting his wife missing, as well as his strange behaviour and conflicting statements, police initially thought Anthony Koletti, the husband of Caddick, was involved in his wife’s disappearance.

After four days in the witness box in September, Koletti, 40, a hairdresser and DJ, finally accepted that his wife was a thief “who stole millions and millions of dollars from her friends and family”.

“You, too, were deceived into believing that she was an honest and diligent financial adviser?” Koletti was asked by Dean Jordan, representing ASIC.

“Yes,” replied Koletti who, along with his parents-in-law Barb and Ted Grimley and their son Adam, have attended each day of the inquest.

The family has indicated that they will not be providing a statement to the Coroner.

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