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Details of the assault charges against the man who kidnapped Cleo Smith may finally be revealed three months after the girl’s dramatic rescue.
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, is due to appear at Carnarvon Magistrates’ Court by video link on Monday, charged with assaulting a public official while in custody in a police cell a day after he was arrested in his hometown. from Western Australia.
The assault allegations first surfaced in court last month, where he pleaded guilty to a single count of child theft.
Court records revealed at the time that he had been hit with the separate charge, but gave no further details.
Specific details about the alleged assault while he was in police custody were closely guarded by police but could be revealed in court Monday morning.
Her suspected attacker was locked up in Carnarvon on November 4, the day after four-year-old Cleo was found 18 days after she went missing from her family’s camp.
Kelly had to be hospitalized twice during his brief stint in police custody in Carnarvon after self-harming.
He was later flown to Perth on a charter flight with officers from the Justice Department’s special operations group.
Kelly will appear via video link from Hakea prison on Monday, signaling a possible transfer from the higher security Casuarina prison where he was previously held, The West Australian reported.
Cleo was on vacation with her parents and little sister on October 16 at Blowholes Camp, about 50 miles north of Carnarvon, when she went missing from her tent.
She woke up around 1:30 a.m. m. and she asked for water, but when her parents got up at 6 a.m. m., the girl was gone.
The extensive search by land, air and sea that followed failed to find any trace of Cleo.
Five days after her disappearance, police said they believed Cleo had been kidnapped and offered a $1 million reward.
She was rescued from property across town from her family’s home in Carnarvon.
Police forced their way into the house and found the little girl alone in a room, physically unharmed and playing with toys, where she told them ‘my name is Cleo’.
Cleo Smith was camping at the Blowholes campsite when she disappeared from her family’s tent.
Kelly was arrested on a nearby street less than an hour earlier. It is alleged that she acted alone and has not yet pleaded guilty to the charges against her.
Police said he had no connection to Cleo’s family.
Kelly pleaded guilty to a single count of child theft. Her next court date on that charge is March 25, where she could be given a sentencing date.
It will be then that the court will hear all the details of Kelly’s alleged crimes during the 18 days that Cleo was held captive in her house.