Melissa Caddick inquest: Police deny mum’s claim fraudster denied food during raid

Melissa Caddick was offered food, water and allowed to go to the bathroom during a raid of her luxury Sydney eastern suburbs mansion, contrary to the missing fraudster’s claims about her treatment at the hands of ASIC and AFP.

The 49-year-old disappeared from her Dover Heights mansion on November 12, 2020, just hours after her home was raided by police and ASIC.

Ms Caddick’s suspected death is being examined by an inquest before Deputy State Coroner Elizabeth Ryan that on Monday summarized at Lidcombe’s NSW Coroner’s Court.

The corporate watchdog funds has accused Ms Caddick of operating a Ponzi scheme and misapting $20m-$30m worth of investor to fund a lavish lifestyle, including holidays, designer jewellery, watches, clothing and shoes.

She has been accused of posing as a financial adviser, using her company Maliver, and intending to invest millions of dollars for fake CommSec portfolios.

A foot, which was later identified as belonging to Ms Caddick, was found washed up on a beach near Tathra, more than 400km south of Sydney, three months after she went missing.

AFP Constable Amelia Griffen was the executing officer on the search warrant when Ms Caddick’s home was raided on the morning of November 11, 2020.

Police knocked on her door shortly after 6am and stayed for 12 hours, during which they served her with a 92-page affidavit detailing the allegations against her.

The inquest has previously been told that Ms Caddick took a nap during the raid.

Constable Griffen said while Ms Caddick appeared embarrassed and shocked, she showed no signs of distress.

The court has been told that Ms Caddick’s mother held ASIC responsible for her daughter’s death and claims she was not offered food or drink during the raid.

Mr Koletti, a hair dresser and part-time DJ, had raised similar accusations through his music, Paws Offs, counsel assisting Louise Coleman previously told the court.

In one video captured on police body-worn footage the day after Ms Caddick went missing, Mr Koletti told officers that she appeared “very normal” the evening prior to her going missing.

Mr Koletti’s lawyer Judy Swan on Monday asked Constable Griffen whether Ms Caddick was offered food or drink during the 12 hours the AFP and ASIC were present at her house.

Constable Griffen told the court that she recalled Ms Caddick having a protein shake in the morning.

“I recall asking if she wanted anything to eat or drink,” Constable Griffen said, adding that she couldn’t recall seeing her eat anything else.

Constable Griffen said Ms Caddick and Mr Koletti were told they were free to roam around the premises, including going to the toilet, as long as there was an officer present with them at all times.

The inquiry continues.

Originally published as Police deny Melissa Caddick deprived of food and water during raid

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