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Accused Perth kidnapper revealed as step-brother of Cleo Smith’s abductor

“I by no means had a nervous breakdown as a result of I’m so calm and I handle and I’m 24/7 with him.”

Bropho’s defence lawyer, Elliott Tilbury, alluded to the household connection throughout Bropho’s first look within the Perth Justice of the Peace’s Court docket on Wednesday when he unsuccessfully argued Bropho’s id ought to be suppressed attributable to a “factually comparable” case involving a relative and its potential to prejudice any future trial.

Terence Darrell Kelly, centre, boards a plane after being taken into custody in November.

Terence Darrell Kelly, centre, boards a airplane after being taken into custody in November. Credit score:Getty

Residents who stay close to Bropho have spoken of their shock on the allegations.

His neighbour Jo-Lee Ninyette mentioned police, together with forensic officers, had been at Bropho’s home for hours on Tuesday.

“I’m flabbergasted as a result of I’ve a lady who is popping 9 subsequent month as nicely, in order that’s a shock for me,” she mentioned.

“For the primary time the opposite day I actually let my daughter stroll to the outlets by herself, that received’t be taking place in any respect.”

Doubleview resident Elicia Anders mentioned she was upset an alleged paedophile might be dwelling within the space.

“The police had been doorknocking yesterday asking if anybody had seen something suspicious, sadly I used to be inside with my youngsters, however I really feel actually, actually upset that this has occurred in our neighbourhood,” she mentioned.

“This park is utilized by lots of people within the neighbourhood, younger youngsters, so it’s very scary this might have occurred right here.”


Bropho was a part of a group inclusion program and had a carer appointed to him who was within the space across the time the kidnapping allegedly occurred.

Detectives from the Youngster Abuse Squad charged him with procuring or encouraging the nine-year-old into participating in sexual behaviour, in addition to two counts of indecent dealings with a toddler beneath the age of 13.

Police have indicated they are going to oppose any bail utility.

Bropho was remanded in custody to reappear once more on July 27.

With Holly Thompson



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