Cleo Smith found: Accused kidnapper Terence Kelly arrives at Casuarina Prison

Cleo Smith’s alleged kidnappers have arrived at Casuarina Prison.

Terence Darrell Kelly arrived in handcuffs at the maximum security jail at 1.50pm on Friday and was immediately taken into custody.

He will be remanded in custody in the jail, home to some of WA’s worst criminals, including Claremont killer Bradley Robert Edwards and the former soldier who killed Rebels boss Nick Martin until his next court appearance in December.

The white van that picked him up from the asphalt at Jandakot Airport 30 minutes earlier rolled directly into the jail and out of sight of waiting media.

Flanked by four heavily armed special operations group officers, Kelly landed in Perth aboard a Cessna 441 just after noon.

He was transferred from the chartered plane to a van inside a hanger, away from cameras and the eyes of several members of the public.

Less than two hours earlier, Mr Kelly was seen boarding the plane at Carnarvon Airport.

Barefoot and wearing a long-sleeved white shirt, he was seen squinting as he watched the media scrum waiting at the airport.

He was kept in a padded cell prior to Friday morning’s transport.

Kelly stood before Carnarvon Magistrates Court on Thursday afternoon after 30 hours of interrogation the day before.

There, he faced several charges, including an indictment for forcing a child under 16 years of age.

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Camera iconCleo Smith with her parents – mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon in Carnarvon. Colin Murty Credit: Corp Australia company profile

He was guarded by two police officers during the case and represented by a Geraldton Aboriginal Legal Service lawyer, who appeared via video link and did not file a bail application on his behalf.

Sir. Kelly, who was revealed yesterday as an avid collector of Bratz dolls for children, was arrested in the early hours of Wednesday morning after Cleo was found alone inside a room in a house on Tonkin Crescent.

He was stopped in a car some distance away before officers stormed his home and rescued the four-year-old.


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