Melissa Caddick inquest: Anthony Koletti gives his side after ‘exhausting’ day and lawyer confusion

Melissa Caddick’s husband told the inquest into her alleged death that he accepts his wife was a con artist as he faced another day of brutal questioning that even included a lawyer suggesting Anthony Koletti had “completely lost the plot”.

Koletti returned to the New South Wales Coroner’s Court on Friday for a fourth day of evidence. Her comeback began with a dramatic moment when the lead solicitor representing the NSW Police was reprimanded by the coroner for a brutal line of questioning.

Sydney Morning Herald reporter Kate McClymont shared the vicious questions Lachlan Gyles SC, who represented the NSW Police Force, had asked on Twitter.

When Mr. Koletti took the stand, Mr. Gyles asked him: ‘You’re not much of an arithmetician, are you? Didn’t you win any academic awards in school? You were at the bottom of your class, weren’t you?

Anthony Koletti has faced court this week over the disappearance of his scamming wife

Anthony Koletti has faced court this week over the disappearance of his scamming wife

Mr. Gyles was ordered to stop asking Mr. Koletti ‘leading questions’.

Following the fast start, Koletti was led to a statement he wrote to the court in July 2021 regarding the Australian Securities and Investments Commission’s search warrant.

“I believe he died as a direct result of ASIC’s negligence, cruelty and inhumanity,” Koletti wrote.

‘Is that something you still say in your oath today?’ asked Dean Jordan SC on behalf of ASIC.

“Yes,” Mr. Koletti said.

“I suggest that maintaining that statement shows his complete loss of objective perspective in relation to ASIC,” Mr. Jordan said, adding that it also showed he had “completely missed the point.”

“No,” Mr. Koletti said.

Melissa Caddick's husband returned for his fourth day of evidence in his investigation after a psychiatrist said he had a narcissistic personality disorder.  In the photo, Melissa Caddick with Anthony Koletti

Melissa Caddick's husband returned for his fourth day of evidence in his investigation after a psychiatrist said he had a narcissistic personality disorder.  In the photo, Melissa Caddick with Anthony Koletti

Melissa Caddick’s husband returned for his fourth day of evidence in his investigation after a psychiatrist said he had a narcissistic personality disorder. In the photo, Melissa Caddick with Anthony Koletti

However, he accepted that the search warrant was justified at the time.

For years, Koletti believed his wife to be an ‘outspoken sharpshooter’, a competent and highly organized financial adviser.

But now he accepted the fact that she pretended to be honest and diligent while stealing millions from her family and friends.

‘Do you now accept that you too were deceived by Mrs Caddick?’ Mr. Jordan said.

“Yes,” Mr. Koletti said.

‘How did you finally come to understand that Mrs Caddick was a con artist?’ Mr. Jordan asked.

“Paying attention to court proceedings and listening to Your Honor,” Koletti said.

He also wrote in a statement that he and Ms Caddick were denied food, water and medical care that they all “desperately needed for 14 hours during the search.”

On Friday he admitted that this was not the case.

Mrs. Caddick’s family holds ASIC responsible for her disappearance, and her brother personally accuses Isabella Allen, the project manager of the investigation.

‘How does it feel to be responsible for Melissa’s death?’ Adam Grimley told Ms Allen, he said in earlier tests.

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Anthony Koletti (pictured right) has denied playing any role in the disappearance of Melissa Caddick (pictured left)

Ms. Allen said that she did not feel responsible because she was just doing her job.

Koletti maintains that he had no idea his wife was defrauding family and friends of millions of dollars, nor did he ask her why the federal police and ASIC suddenly searched their home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs on November 11, 2020.

It was the last verified sighting of Mrs. Caddick before she disappeared without a trace.

The victims of Mrs. Caddick’s Ponzi scheme, mostly family and friends, lost $20-$30 million that she used to finance her lavish lifestyle.

In February 2021, his decomposing foot encased in a shoe washed up on Bournda Beach on the south coast of New South Wales.

On Thursday, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Kerri Eagle said she had assessed Ms. Caddick as having “narcissistic personality disorder” but stressed the warning that she had never interviewed her and based her diagnosis solely on statements and other records.

Facing exposure as a fraud and not appearing as bright as she projected, the intense humiliation could make her feel like there was no way out but suicide, Dr. Eagle said.

The investigation continues.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

The Dover Heights property that Melissa Caddick called home was purchased for $6.2 million in 2014 and could now be worth up to $10 million, according to real estate experts.

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