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Cleo Smith alleged kidnapper points at 7News reporter in Carnarvon court: ‘I’m coming for you’

Cleo Smith alleged kidnapper points at 7News reporter in Carnarvon court: ‘I’m coming for you’

A reporter has revealed the moment the 36-year-old accused of kidnapping Cleo Smith pointed to him and said ‘I’m coming for you’ during a bizarre rant in court. 

Seven News journalist Joseph Catanzaro was sitting in the gallery as Terence Darrell Kelly appeared at Carnarvon Magistrates Court, in Western Australia, on Thursday.

Kelly, 36, launched into several outbursts at media as he came before a magistrate charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16. 

‘He did point threateningly at several members of the media and had a few choice words for me said in open court,’ he said.

Kelly, who was shoeless and dressed in a black shirt, did not enter a plea or apply for bail while his application for a suppression order was rejected by the magistrate. 

Catanzaro claimed that Kelly then looked directly at him before he said: ‘I’m going to get out of here one day. I’m coming for you.’

7 News journalist Joseph Catanzaro was sitting in the gallery as Terence Darrell Kelly appeared at Carnarvon Magistrates Court, in Western Australia, on Thursday

7 News journalist Joseph Catanzaro was sitting in the gallery as Terence Darrell Kelly appeared at Carnarvon Magistrates Court, in Western Australia, on Thursday

7 News journalist Joseph Catanzaro was sitting in the gallery as Terence Darrell Kelly appeared at Carnarvon Magistrates Court, in Western Australia, on Thursday

Catanzaro revealed Kelly (pictured, with Bratz dolls on his social media account) launched into several outbursts as the 36-year-old was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16

Catanzaro revealed Kelly (pictured, with Bratz dolls on his social media account) launched into several outbursts as the 36-year-old was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16

Catanzaro revealed Kelly (pictured, with Bratz dolls on his social media account) launched into several outbursts as the 36-year-old was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16 

Terry Kelly, 36, had only been at Carnarvon police station, in Western Australia, for a few hours on Wednesday before he was taken to hospital requiring medical treatment

Terry Kelly, 36, had only been at Carnarvon police station, in Western Australia, for a few hours on Wednesday before he was taken to hospital requiring medical treatment

Terry Kelly, 36, had only been at Carnarvon police station, in Western Australia, for a few hours on Wednesday before he was taken to hospital requiring medical treatment

The veteran crime reporter shrugged off the comment and quipped he was looking forward to that ‘one-on-one interview’. 

At one stage Kelly asked the judge ‘what the f*(k are the media doing here?’, according to The Australian.

‘It’s an open court,’ the magistrate replied.

Kelly was emotionless for much of the remainder of the hearing, nodding to indicate he understood the charges laid against him and taking a long period of time to acknowledge his name. 

He was closely guarded in the dock by two police officers and wore his long, black, curly hair down. 

Kelly is expected to be flown to Perth on Friday ahead of his next court appearance. The case continues.

Overgrown shrubs and bushes climb the walls at the Tonkin Crescent home where Cleo was found

Overgrown shrubs and bushes climb the walls at the Tonkin Crescent home where Cleo was found

Overgrown shrubs and bushes climb the walls at the Tonkin Crescent home where Cleo was found

Accused’s alleged doll collection 

Bizarre details have emerged about the accused’s alleged obsession with toys as numerous social media accounts linked to Kelly show a room full of Bratz dolls.

Police will allege the Carnarvon man snatched Cleo from her family tent at the remote Blowholes campsite in Western Australia as she slept next to her parents and younger sister on October 16.

Charges were finally laid against Kelly after more than 30 hours of interrogation by detectives who have been relentlessly pursuing the case in the desperate hunt to rescue Cleo. 

He was represented by a Geraldton Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer who appeared via video link and did not apply for bail. 

Cleo holds her backpack covered in cartoon princesses from Disney film Frozen as mother Ellie and stepfather Jake walk to the car on Thursday morning

Cleo holds her backpack covered in cartoon princesses from Disney film Frozen as mother Ellie and stepfather Jake walk to the car on Thursday morning

Cleo holds her backpack covered in cartoon princesses from Disney film Frozen as mother Ellie and stepfather Jake walk to the car on Thursday morning

Junk was seen in Kelly's backyard on Thursday morning, as police still assessed the home

Junk was seen in Kelly's backyard on Thursday morning, as police still assessed the home

Junk was seen in Kelly’s backyard on Thursday morning, as police still assessed the home

Kelly was arrested just after midnight on Wednesday after police corroborated a tip-off from the public with mobile phone data.

They smashed down the door of a locked property on Tonkin Crescent to find the four-year-old girl locked in a bedroom. Kelly was not home at the time.

The 36-year-old was later bundled out of a car and handcuffed after being located by police. 

Since Kelly’s arrest, multiple social media accounts have emerged which allegedly belonged to him, where he boasts about his love for Bratz dolls.

One social media account is allegedly solely dedicated to his obsession with dolls, showing the toys piled from wall to ceiling. 

He was known to buy girls toys from the local Toyworld store long before he was arrested – even though he doesn’t have any kids – but locals assumed it must have just been for his extended family. 

Bizarre details have emerged about the accused's strange obsession with toys as numerous social media accounts linked to Kelly show a room full of children's dolls (pictured)

Bizarre details have emerged about the accused's strange obsession with toys as numerous social media accounts linked to Kelly show a room full of children's dolls (pictured)

Bizarre details have emerged about the accused’s strange obsession with toys as numerous social media accounts linked to Kelly show a room full of children’s dolls (pictured)

Since Kelly's arrest, multiple social media accounts have emerged which allegedly belonged to him, where he boasts about his love for Bratz dolls

Since Kelly's arrest, multiple social media accounts have emerged which allegedly belonged to him, where he boasts about his love for Bratz dolls

Since Kelly’s arrest, multiple social media accounts have emerged which allegedly belonged to him, where he boasts about his love for Bratz dolls

Neighbour Henry Dodd (pictured) claimed he saw the accused kidnapper with a dozen dolls in the back of his dark blue Mazda one week before his arrest

Neighbour Henry Dodd (pictured) claimed he saw the accused kidnapper with a dozen dolls in the back of his dark blue Mazda one week before his arrest

Neighbour Henry Dodd (pictured) claimed he saw the accused kidnapper with a dozen dolls in the back of his dark blue Mazda one week before his arrest

Neighbour Henry Dodd claimed he saw the accused kidnapper with a dozen dolls in the back of his dark blue Mazda one week before his arrest. 

He said the brand new dolls were still in their packaging ‘as if they had been collected from the post office’.  

‘There were around ten or twelve dolls… and it looked like he had picked them up after they were delivered somewhere,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘You could see them in their boxes like he ordered them online.

‘They were all piled in the back of his car.

‘I thought it was weird. But I didn’t know anything about him collecting dolls or anything. I didn’t know he had a whole room full of them in his house.

‘We didn’t know that until it (was reported) today.’ 

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine (pictured) was one of the four detectives that freed Cleo and has said he is amazed at how 'well and happy' the little girl seems to be

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine (pictured) was one of the four detectives that freed Cleo and has said he is amazed at how 'well and happy' the little girl seems to be

Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine (pictured) was one of the four detectives that freed Cleo and has said he is amazed at how ‘well and happy’ the little girl seems to be

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine said Cleo has been falling asleep in her mothers arms and is behaving 'exactly how you would expect' a little girl to act

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine said Cleo has been falling asleep in her mothers arms and is behaving 'exactly how you would expect' a little girl to act

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine said Cleo has been falling asleep in her mothers arms and is behaving ‘exactly how you would expect’ a little girl to act

Mr Dodd also claims to have passed the observation on to Carnarvon Police. 

Homicide detective Cameron Blaine, who was one of the four detectives that freed Cleo from her 18-day nightmare, said he is amazed at how ‘well and happy’ she seems to be. 

‘It was really heartwarming to see that she’s still bubbly and she’s laughing, he said.

‘She’s falling asleep in her mother’s arms. There was one occasion where she asked if she could lay next to mum and have Ellie look at her while she fell asleep.

‘It’s really good to see that she’s adjusted, she’s getting some sleep, she’s playing in the backyard exactly how you would expect.’

CLEO DISAPPEARANCE TIMELINE

 By Olivia Day for Daily Mail Australia

Friday, October 15

Cleo along with her mother Ellie Smith, her partner Jake Gliddon and her little sister Isla Mae arrive at the Blowholes campsite around 6:30pm.

They had a ‘quiet’ night and arrived at sunset.

Saturday, October 16

1:30am: Parents’ last sighting of Cleo in the tent she shared with her parents and baby sister when the four-year-old asks for some water.

6.23am: Ellie calls 000 to report her eldest daughter missing as she continues to search the camp ground.

6.30am: The first two officers are dispatched from Carnarvon police station. They travel to Blowholes as a matter of priority, with sirens and lights.

6.41am: A second police car with another two officers is sent to Blowholes, also with lights and sirens.

7.10am: The first police car arrives. The second is only minutes behind.

7.26am: Police on the scene establish a protected forensic area which is taped off to the public, surrounding the family tent where Cleo was last seen.

7.33am: A drone operator is called upon to search from the skies.

7.44am: A third police car is dispatched to the Blowholes.

8am: Family and friends of Cleo’s parents begin to arrive to help with the ground search.

Another group of detectives briefly searches Cleo’s home to make sure she’s not there.

They then head to Blowholes and begin stopping cars coming into and leaving the area.

8.09am: A helicopter from a local company arrived at the scene and started searching as police request an SES team attend the Blowholes search.

8.24am: Police air-wing and volunteer marine searchers are called in to assist with the search.

8.34am: Roadblocks are set up at the entrance of Blowholes as detectives gather the names, registration details and addresses of people coming and going. Police search cars.

9.25am: Nine SES personel arrive at the Blowholes to assist with the search.

Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)

Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)

Investigators, bounty hunters and officers from the Australian Federal Police have spent two-and-a-half weeks searching for missing four-year-old Cleo (pictured)

9.30am: Detectives sit down with a distressed Ellie and remain by her side for the rest of the day while other search crews hunt for Cleo.

11am: Homicide detectives from the Major Crime Division are called and begin travelling from Perth to assist with the search.

1pm: More homicide detectives and search experts are flown in from Perth.

3pm: Officers and search experts arrive in Carnarvon to offer their expertise.

Sunday, October 17

Ms Smith takes to social media to plead for help finding her missing daughter.

A Facebook post uploaded at 1:45am on Sunday which said: ‘It’s been over 24 hours since I last seen the sparkle in my little girl’s eyes.

‘Please help me find her!

‘If you hear or see anything at all please call the police!’

Police suggest Cleo may have been abducted.

Monday, October 18

Police release an image of the red and grey sleeping bag missing from Cleo’s tent.

Cleo’s biological father is interviewed by police in Mandurah and is asked to provide a statement, which he does so willingly.

WA Police with the help of SES members, volunteers and aircraft continue the land hunt for Cleo, with officers searching nearby shacks and vehicles in the area.

Tuesday, October 19

Cleo’s mother Ellie Smith and her partner Jake Gliddon front the media for the first time and describe the terrifying moment they realised the little girl was missing.

Ms Smith says her four-year-old would never have left the tent by herself.

Police release new images of Cleo and the pink and blue one-piece she was wearing the night she went missing to aid the investigation.

Investigators urge anyone who was at the campsite or in the vicinity on October 15 to get in contact with police. 

Wednesday, October 20

Police reveal the zip of the family tent, which was found hanging wide open by her mother at 6am on Saturday morning, was too high for Cleo to reach.

Officers say they ‘haven’t ruled out’ reports from campers who heard the sound of screeching tyres in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Deputy Police Commissioner Daryl Gaunt confirms officers are investigating the whereabouts of 20 registered sex offenders in the Carnarvon area.

Thursday, October 21

The WA Government offers a $1million reward for information that leads to Cleo’s location announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

‘All Western Australians’ thoughts are with Cleo’s family during what is an unimaginably difficult time,’ Mr McGowan said.

‘We’re all praying for a positive outcome.’

The speed of the reward being issued – within days of her disappearance – was unprecedented.

Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA

Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA

Pictured: Police are seen examining rubbish left near the Blowholes campsite in remote WA 

Monday, October 25

WA Police confirm Cleo was definitely at the camp site – on CCTV footage on a camera installed inside a beach shack just 20 metres from the family tent she disappeared from. 

Tuesday, October 26

Forensic officers and detectives spent much of the day at her home in Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth, on Tuesday and left with two bags of evidence.

Although investigators had been to the home before, this was the first time they thoroughly searched inside with a forensics team.

Acting WA Police Commissioner Col Blanch said the search of the family home was ‘standard practice’ and did not indicate they were suspects in Cleo’s disappearance.

Wednesday, October 27

WA Police forensics officers return to the Blowholes campground and are seen collecting soil samples from a number of campfires near shacks in the area.

The federal government announce Australian Federal Police officers had been drafted in to support forensic and intelligence efforts.

Friday, October 29

Police return to the Blowholes camp to analyse the area with drones.

Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde returns to the Blowholes campsite to join the search for Cleo as the search hit the two-week mark.

He confirms national and international agencies are engaged in the search for Cleo.

Sunday, October 31

Detectives go door-knocking at a number of homes along the North West Coastal Highway in the North Plantations, 5km from Cleo’s hometown on Sunday.

Monday, November 1

Detectives sort through mounds of rubbish from roadside bins located hundreds of kilometres away from the campsite she vanished from.

The material was transported to Perth, where forensic officers and recruits sorted through hundreds of bags in search of items that may have helped them find Cleo.

Officers issue a plea for dash cam and CCTV footage from within a 1000km radius of where the four-year-old disappeared.

Police renew an appeal for more businesses in Carnarvon to provide footage and go door to door in an industrial area on the outskirts of the town.

Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram

Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram

Her elated mother, Ellie, (pictured, with Cleo, her partner and younger daughter) broke her silence the morning Cleo was found, sharing a series of love heart emojis on Instagram 

Wednesday, November 3

After two-and-a-half weeks of searching Cleo Smith is found alive and well in the early hours of November 3.

WA Police Deputy Commissioner Col Blanch confirmed just before 7am AEST that little Cleo is alive and well and had been reunited with her relieved parents.

‘One of the officers picked her up into his arms and asked her ‘what’s your name?’ he said. ‘She said: ‘My name is Cleo’.’

Ellie Smith posted to social media: ‘Our family is whole again’.

A Carnarvon man is currently in custody and being questioned by detectives.

On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information 'big or small'

On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information 'big or small'

On October 19, Ellie Smith (pictured) and her partner Jake Gliddon fronted the media for the first time and begged the public to report any information ‘big or small’

Thursday, November 4

Terry Darrell Kelly, 36, was charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16 and appeared in Carnarvon Magistrate’s Court barefoot and wearing a black T-shirt.

 

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Source: DailyMail

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