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Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor Terence Kelly appears in WA court for the first time in a month 

BREAKING NEWS: Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor shows his face: Terence Kelly appears in court from prison for the first time in a month

  • Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, appears in court over alleged abduction of Cleo Smith
  • Remanded in custody to reappear on January 24 for further legal advice hearing
  •  Cleo, 4, rescued from property minutes from her Carnarvon home last month


Cleo Smith’s alleged abductor has made a brief court appearance after having spent more than a month in a maximum-security remand prison in Perth.

Terence Darrell Kelly, 36, is accused of taking four-year-old Cleo from her family’s tent at the remote Blowholes campsite in Western Australia.

He faced a magistrate in Carnarvon via videolink from Casuarina Prison on Monday, charged with multiple offences including forcibly taking a child under 16.

Bail was not considered and Kelly was remanded in custody to reappear on January 24 for a further legal advice hearing.

Terence Darrell Kelly (pictured) appeared in court via videolink on Monday

Cleo was found alive and well in early November, 18 days after she went missing from the campsite.

She was rescued from a property just minutes from her family home in the nearby town of Carnarvon, almost 1000km north of Perth.

Police forced entry to the home and found Cleo alone in a room, physically unharmed and playing with toys.

Kelly was arrested on a nearby street around the same time. He is alleged to have acted alone and is yet to enter a plea to his charges.

Cleo Smith (pictured) was rescued from a property just minutes from her family home 18 days after she vanished from their campsite

Cleo Smith (pictured) was rescued from a property just minutes from her family home 18 days after she vanished from their campsite

Police say he has no connection to Cleo’s family.

Kelly appeared before a magistrate in Carnarvon last month and was remanded in custody ahead of the matter returning to the same court.

He was shackled and accompanied by armed riot squad guards on a charter flight from Carnarvon to Perth after his first court appearance.

The extra security was put in place after Kelly was twice hospitalised with self-inflicted injuries while in custody.

Terence Darrell Kelly (pictured) remains behind bars in a maximum-security remand prison in Perth

Terence Darrell Kelly (pictured) remains behind bars in a maximum-security remand prison in Perth

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