Anthony Koletti went out for a joint with a friend the night his wife Melissa Caddick disappeared an investigation has reported as revealing the scammer wore ‘granny’ underwear and was physically ‘perfect’.
Koletti said his wife was wearing black gym clothes and ‘granny’ style underwear when she was last seen leaving their Dover Heights home.
In a Missing Persons Questionnaire, he wrote that his wife was “very healthy”, a “born leader” and only drank glasses of Chardonnay on weekends.
Koletti said that he liked to ‘ski, jog and walk’, smoked three Winfield Gold’s a day and that his ‘fictional hero’ was Joan of Arc.
The questionnaire came as the New South Wales investigation into the disappearance of Ms Caddick heard that Mr Koletti had deleted text messages from his phone to hide from the police that he had smoked a joint with a friend the night in that his wife disappeared.
He told the court that he drove to a friend’s house on the night of November 12, 2020 to buy an ‘electronic cigarette’.
Koletti described his wife as dressed in black “gym” clothes and “granny” style underwear, as well as being “physically perfect”.
The bizarre description comes after a difficult day in court for Mr Koletti, who appeared to be in tears at the “confusing” questions (pictured here with Ms Caddick)
‘Was it actually to smoke a joint?’ asked the attorney helping Jason Downing SC.
“I don’t know…it’s possible,” Koletti said.
‘You must remember that,’ said Mr Downing.
‘Let’s say I did, what’s your point?’ Koletti said.
“One night he told us that he was searching all day … in fact, he went to smoke a joint with a friend,” Downing said.
Koletti said he was worried about his wife and agreed that if he did it it was to calm down.
Koletti deleted the text messages exchanged with that friend before turning his phone over to police to help with their investigations, Downing said.
Koletti said doing that must have had “something to do with marijuana.”
Tensions had reached breaking point when Jason Downing SC, a lawyer assisting Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan, asked Mr. Koletti (pictured) if he could read
He formally reported his wife missing the next day, November 13, and was asked if he had gone out the night before.
“Not that I know of,” he said.
The bizarre descriptions come after a difficult day in court for Koletti, who appeared to have been in tears over “confusing” questions.
He was fired from testifying Wednesday after the attorney assisting the coroner asked him if he could read.
“Mr. Koletti, you can read, right?” Jason Downing S asked to which Mrs Caddick’s husband replied, “I’m so confused by his question.”
The outburst came after Koletti was questioned about an inconsistency about his wife’s disappearance.
Koletti said that his wife was physically ‘perfect’, that she was a born leader and ‘outgoing’, and that she only drank wine on weekends in a Missing Persons Questionnaire.
He told Downing that on the morning of November 12, 2020, when Caddick went missing, he assumed he was out exercising.
“I didn’t think anything of it…she just went for a walk, which she does every day, it’s not a problem,” he told police in an interview.
In evidence, Mr. Koletti agreed that his wife had no habits, her exercise regimen was irregular and she mostly ran on the treadmill.
Downing continued to question Koletti on Wednesday about this inconsistency, asking if he was now trying to justify his answers.
“One of the accounts must not be true,” Downing said.
“I suppose so, yes,” Mr. Koletti said.
‘Why are you guessing?’ said Mr Downing.
“Because his questions are confusing, the way he talks is not the way my mind works,” Koletti said.
Everyone has a different mind. You have to understand that. I do not believe you would do it. I’ve been through a lot, in case you haven’t noticed.
Just after 1 pm on Wednesday, the coroner announced that Mr. Koletti (pictured Tuesday) would be dismissed from giving evidence after he became “confused” and “distressed”
Melissa Caddick’s parents, Barbara Grimley (left) and Ted Grimley depart from the inquest into her death at Lidcombe Coroner’s Court in Sydney on Monday, September 26, 2022.
He spent the afternoon lounging out of sight at the NSW Coroner’s Court building, before his solicitor told the magistrate he needed to be assessed before returning.
“We’ll take him to someone, he may be fine, but we’re not doctors,” his attorney Judy Swan said.
Ms. Ryan finally asked Mr. Koletti to leave the witness stand, saying that she trusted him to be able to focus on the questions and answer truthfully.
Koletti can return Thursday to testify if he sees fit.
It comes as the brother of missing con artist Melissa Caddick says her family adamantly rejects the idea that her husband could have hurt her or been an accessory to her disappearance.
Anthony Koletti burst into tears while being questioned about an inconsistency in the disappearance of his wife Melissa Caddick (in the photo, the couple in happier times)
Melissa Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley (pictured 2020) says family is ‘stunned’, lawyer appears to be ‘going after’ brother-in-law Anthony Koletti
Adam Grimley says the family is ‘astonished’. The lawyer who assisted in the investigation into Mrs Caddick’s alleged death appears to be ‘chasing’ her brother-in-law.
In a statement to Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan on September 19, she described Anthony Koletti as an “extremely gentle and kind man” who remains a valued member of the family.
“I make this statement in response to the line of questioning taken by assistant counsel suggesting that my brother-in-law … may have harmed my sister or in some way be an accessory to her disappearance,” Grimley said.
“The family categorically dismisses such ideas and is absolutely stunned that the attorney in attendance appears to be going after Anthony and saying either Anthony or the police are to blame for Melissa’s disappearance.”
He noted that the attorney appeared to be presenting “unverified gossip as fact” and said that Koletti had suffered greatly from the loss of his wife, the impact of his misconduct, and the baseless accusations that followed.
The plea was filed in court before Koletti was called to testify this week, but he was asked to resign due to his confusion and distress on Wednesday.
The investigation before Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan continues.