Melissa Caddick’s husband has denied ever lying about his wife’s disappearance, but agreed during her investigation that his inconsistent statements were incorrect and he had misrepresented the events.
Anthony Koletti, who appeared in the NSW Coroner’s Court, was taken to police statements, interviews, court documents and a paid $150,000 spot on 7News’ Spotlight program.
It chronicles the moments after Caddick’s last verified sighting during a 12-hour search by the Australian Federal Police and the corporate watchdog on November 11, 2020.
The hairdresser and part-time DJ told a reporter that he stayed up until 4 a.m. that night to write music, but on Tuesday admitted that he slept with his wife before waking up later because of his sleep apnea.
Conwoman Melissa Caddick (pictured) has been missing from her eastern Sydney home for nearly two years
Counsel assisting Jason Downing SC said Koletti failed to give honest answers and tried to “jumble, explain” his answers to have them “gelled” in court.
“That’s not right, you’re saying it in a way that confuses me,” Mr. Koletti said.
The court was also shown the news interview in which Koletti termed the raid as “inhumane” and said he and Ms Caddick were not receiving food, water, medical or psychological help.
Mr. Koletti was asked if he meant that no one offered her medical care all day.
“That’s right,” he said, “I didn’t believe anyone there could offer it, so I offered it myself.”
He was later asked if he was so concerned, why not book a medical specialist himself.
“All I could do was comfort her in the few hours I had left with her,” Mr. Koletti said.
Mr Downing said the details were “not insignificant” and related to Mrs Caddick’s disappearance.
“You misrepresented everything that night because you were shocked and distraught,” Mr Downing said.
“I’d say it’s not an accurate description,” said Mr. Koletti.
Melissa Caddick (pictured) was last seen in November 2020. The NSW Coroner’s Court is investigating her disappearance
Missing conwife Melissa Caddick (left) is pictured with her husband Anthony Koletti (right)
He was also referred to previous police reports that he assumed she had gone jogging because that was her daily routine.
On Tuesday, he said she “had no habits” and that she “did this, used to do,” including walking with friends outside or jogging indoors on the treadmill.
A subsequent review of video footage revealed that Ms. Caddick hadn’t jogged for weeks before disappearing.
Koletti insists he had no idea his wife was defrauding family and friends out of millions of dollars, nor did he ask her why the federal police or the Australian Securities and Investments Commission suddenly ransacked their house in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
“Does the truthful answer depend on who asks and why?” said Mr Downing.
“No,” replied Mr. Koletti.
Husband of Melissa Caddick, Anthony Koletti leaves the inquest into her death at the Lidcombe Coroner’s Court in Sydney, Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Anthony Koletti (pictured right) appeared before an inquest into the disappearance of his wife Melissa Caddick (left) in November 2020
“Are there many truths?” said Mr Downing.
“There is one truth,” said Mr. Koletti.
He said he has always been honest, but admitted there may have been times when his “cables were crossed” because of his concerns and concerns.
All day he saw his wife “a little shaky” and said she seemed distant and vague, so he offered to make her coffee.
Mr. Downing asked if Mr. Koletti ever asked why ASIC searched his wife’s office extensively, confiscating hardware and valuables.
Channel Seven reporter Michael Usher (left) is pictured interviewing Anthony Koletti (right)
Anthony Kolleti (pictured) has previously blamed the ASIC raid on the death of his wife Melissa Caddick
“No, I don’t think I was really worried about that at the time. I was just convinced she hadn’t done anything wrong.’
Mr Koletti agreed that the event was abnormal and quite shocking.
“It was definitely a surprise to me,” he said.
Koletti reported the 49-year-old was missing for about 30 hours after he said she last left their home around 5:30 a.m. on Nov. 12, 2020.
In February 2021, Mrs Caddick’s decomposing foot, encased in an Asics shoe, washed ashore on Bournda Beach on the south coast of NSW, about 400 km south of Sydney.
The investigation continues.