Step-brother of Cleo Smith’s kidnapper is accused of snatching a nine-year-old girl from a suburban street
- A Perth man has been accused of snatching a nine-year-old girl from a park
- Ashley Bropho was arrested by WA Police who claim he indecently dealt with her
- It’s been revealed the accused is the step-brother of Cleo Smith’s kidnapper
The step-brother of Cleo Smith’s kidnapper has been accused of abducting a nine-year-old girl from a park before he indecently dealt with her.
Ashley Bropho, 39, allegedly approached the girl at Bennett park in Doubleview in Perth’s northern suburbs on Tuesday morning and coerced her to come back to his home 300 metres away.
Western Australian police later arrested and charged Bropho, claiming he encouraged her to engage in sexual behaviour once they arrived at his residence.
Bropho is the step-brother of Terence Kelly, who abducted four-year-old Cleo Smith, 4, in October last year in a case that made headlines around the world.
Cleo Smith was abducted while on a camping trip with her family in October, 2021
Perth man Ashley Bropho has been accused of kidnapping a nine-year-old girl from Bennett Park (pictured) in Doubleview, Western Australia before he indecently dealt with her
Terence Darrell Kelly, 36 (pictured), has been charged over the kidnapping of Cleo Smith
Kelly, 36, held Smith captive for 18 days after abducting her from a campground in Carnarvon, in the northwest of the state.
He was later arrested by police and pled guilty to kidnapping the little girl.
Kelly is currently behind bars and is awaiting sentencing. He faced additional charges in January for allegedly assaulting a police officer.
The link between Kelly and Bropho was initially alluded to during Bropho’s first appearance at Perth Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.
His defence lawyer hinted at it when he argued for his client’s identity to be suppressed due to a similar case involving a relative.
But Magistrate Peter Malone denied the request as he believed making Bropho’s identity public would not risk his chance of a fair trial.
It has been revealed that Bropho is the step-brother of Terence Kelly (pictured) who kidnapped Cleo Smith from a campground in Carnarvon last October and held her captive for 18 days
Cleo Smith is pictured after being reunited with mother Ellie Smith and stepfather Jake Gliddon (pictured)
Officers from the Child Abuse Squad arrested the 39-year-old after the girl he allegedly kidnapped left his residence, went back to Bennett Park and told family members.
Bropho and the girl were not known to each other.
It was revealed in court that Bropho was part of a ‘community inclusion program’ – for people living with psycho-social disabilities.
He also had a carer who was in Doubleview at the time the alleged abduction took place.
Bropho faces a string of charges including two counts of indecently dealing with a child under 13, one count of kidnapping and one count of encouraging a child to engage in sexual behaviour.
He was remanded in custody and will front the court again on July 27.