Terence Darrell Kelly, the man arrested in connection with the abduction of “Australia's Madeleine McCann” Cleo Smith made a cryptic Facebook post online just a day before the four-year-old was kidnapped from a Western Australia campsite.
Kelly has been charged with a number of offences related to Cleo’s abduction, including one count of forcibly taking a child under 16.
The 36-year-old has been remanded in custody and is expected to return to court next month.
In the early hours of the day before little Cleo was abducted, Kelly uploaded his peculiar post about the importance of online privacy and security.
“I can't accept friend requests from strangers, “ he wrote. “I live a private life and I respect those who are on my friend list to ensure their privacy is respected too.
“Us adults have to be careful online too.”
He then said that he wouldn’t be online “mates” with people just because they knew his family or other friends.
Kelly also ran a second Facebook account, centred around his obsessive roll collecting.
Kelly’s home in Carnarvon was filled with dolls, and he had locked Cleo in a room filled with Bratz dolls. She was found by four Western Australia police officers in a dramatic raid on November 3.
Kelly was spotted in a car nearby and arrested shortly afterwards. Police Commissioner Chris Dawson later called the operation "one of the most remarkable days in policing in Western Australia”.
He has also said that Kelly would be subject to extra security measures “for obvious reasons”, having twice been hospitalised after self-harming while in custody.
Detective Cameron Blaine, who was part of the team that rescued Cleo, said he was “amazed” that the little girl was doing so well. “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.”
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