Melissa Caddick’s husband deleted text messages sent the night of her disappearance, the inquest said

Melissa Caddick’s husband deleted text messages from his phone to hide from police that he had smoked a joint with a friend the night his wife disappeared, their investigation has been told.

Anthony Koletti told the court he drove to a friend’s house on the evening of November 12, 2020 to get an “e-cigarette.”

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“Was it really smoking a joint?” asked the lawyer representing Jason Downing SC.

“I don’t know…it’s possible,” Koletti said.

“You have to remember that,” Downing said.

“Let’s just say I did it, what are you getting at?” said Koletti.

“One night when you told us you were conducting searches all day, you actually went out for a joint with a friend,” Downing said.

Koletti said he’s worried about his wife and accepts smoking a joint to calm himself.

Anthony Koletti spent Wednesday afternoon resting after being stopped from testifying. Recognition: AAP

The text messages exchanged with that friend were later deleted by Koletti before he turned his phone over to police to help with their investigation, Downing said.

Koletti said it must have “something to do with marijuana.”

The following day, November 13, he officially reported his wife missing and was asked if he hadn’t been there the night before.

“Not that I know of,” he said.

Koletti’s hearing of evidence resumed Thursday after he was ordered to resign on Wednesday because of his desperation and confusion.

He continued to receive abusive messages overnight, including one via LinkedIn, his attorney Judy Swan said.

“Dodgy asshole, I hope you get locked up,” it read.

Melissa Caddick was reported missing in November 2020. Recognition: AAP

He texted her at 7.16am on the day Koletti says his wife left their home in Dover Heights, Sydney, and never returned.

“Are you alright?” he wrote.

Shortly after, he found her iPhone in her walk-in closet, he confirmed Thursday, which made him “strange” because she never left the house without her phone.

At one point, he noticed that her keys, wallet, and a bag full of files were also left behind, but he said he couldn’t remember when.

“The only thing I remember vividly is the phone,” he said.

He did not leave the house until 7.30am that morning, he said, but was then referred to CCTV stills taken near the cliffs of Dover Heights – previously shown and tagged by Koletti in July last year.

Caddick’s black Mercedes appears to be in the photo.

“That’s me and Melissa can’t confirm it’s me but looks like me,” Koletti scrawled over his initials.

Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley has said in an affidavit the family was “devastated”. The attorney’s support appeared to be “looking after” his brother-in-law. Recognition: AAP

The image is timestamped on November 12 at 6:55 am.

“As you can see, it’s all a bit blurry,” Koletti says, before adding that his memory is “pretty blurry.”

“I don’t remember going anywhere,” he said.

In several different police reports, and for weeks after his wife’s disappearance, Koletti claimed Caddick left the home in black workout clothes and silver Asics.

But after she didn’t come back, he said he assumed she had met with a lawyer or stayed at a hotel before appearing in court the next day.

Downing asked why he insisted she go in gym clothes when he later thought she was meeting with a lawyer.

Koletti said it was based on assumptions but denied seeing her wear them.

Meanwhile, Caddick’s brother Adam Grimley has said in an affidavit that the family was “devastated”. The paralegal appeared to be “following” his brother-in-law.

Noting that the attorney appeared to be “presenting uncorroborated gossip as fact,” he said Koletti suffered tremendously from the loss of his wife, the shock of her wrongdoing, and the baseless allegations that followed.

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