Matriarch ‘bashed in Silverwater jail’

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THE Colt incest household was adept at fleeing throughout borders in a single day to keep away from arrest by police pursuing fees of inbreeding and youngster abuse, a courtroom has heard.

The courtroom additionally heard that the oldest of three Colt household matriarchs has been bashed in jail and that the inbred kids have escaped from care to rejoin the clan since police broke it up.

The Colt household, eight of whom have been arrested in April over youngster intercourse, incest and different fees had “a historical past of coercive ways to keep away from detection”, a DPP prosecutor advised Central Native Courtroom.

“The kids and younger adults have cognitive or bodily disabilities associated to their genetics which makes them extraordinarily susceptible to coercion to return to the household,” Mardi Cartwright advised the courtroom on Tuesday.

She mentioned the Colt adults went to nice lengths to maintain their inbred kids from giving proof to authorities and “plenty of kids have absconded” from state care.

Ms Cartwright was addressing a bail listening to by Rhonda Colt, one in all three matriarchs and eight Colt members of the family arrested in tri-state raids in April.

Ms Colt, who seemed drawn and weary sitting a jail video cubicle at Silverwater Correctional Centre, wept through the listening to.

Colt is a court-appointed pseudonym for the household to guard the identification of kids.

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The 51-year-old is the oldest of 5 Colt siblings and three of their grownup kids arrested after a 5 12 months investigation.

In 2013, 38 members of the now infamous Colt clan have been discovered dwelling in a squalid bush camp with no electrical energy, sanitation or working water within the hills behind the NSW city of Boorowa.

The kids had misshapen options, couldn’t converse intelligibly or stroll correctly, didn’t know the best way to use a toothbrush, didn’t know what bathroom paper was and have been partaking in intercourse with one another.

An investigation by the NSW Baby Safety Squad’s Strike Drive Hermoyne has resulted within the arrests of the Colt eight on fees together with perjury, incest, indecent assault and sexual activity with a baby below the age of ten.

The Colt clan had scattered interstate from nation NSW after police eliminated 13 kids who have been the product of sexual relations between a father and daughter, sister and brother, uncle and niece or different family.

“The household has been identified by police to maneuver to keep away from the service of authorized paperwork,” Ms Cartwright advised Justice of the Peace Beverly Schurr.

She mentioned the Colts had ties in Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria and Ms Colt “has an understanding of police methodology and is aware of the best way to keep away from police”.

“[She] is thought to journey in a single day to keep away from apprehension,” Ms Cartwright mentioned.

“There may be proof of generational and interfamilial abuse and a historical past of coercive ways to keep away from detection … and the discover of police and.”

Ms Cartwright mentioned the mentally and bodily impaired kids may very well be lured again into the household fold at positioned susceptible to “bodily, emotional and sexual abuse”.

Rhonda Colt had been dwelling 100km northeast of Perth with two male family when police charged her with perjury and extradited all three again to NSW.

Police charged a 36-year-old with 4 counts of getting sexual activity with a baby below ten, two of indecent assault, and one in all having intercourse with a baby aged between 10 and 14.

A 48-year-old man was charged with having sexual activity with a baby below 10 years.

Different Colt members of the family have been arrested within the NSW city of Griffith and South Australia’s Riverland area.

Solely one of many eight, matriarch Betty’s 34-year-old daughter Raylene has been granted bail on her single perjury cost.

Rhonda Colt’s solicitor provided to have his consumer report twice every day to police if freed on bail, however Justice of the Peace Schurr mentioned the dangers have been too nice.

Mardi Cartwright advised the courtroom that Ms Colt’s defence had claimed she had been assaulted in jail, however had offered no proof for the bail utility.

“It is a critical instance of perjury,” Ms Schurr advised the courtroom.

“Questions in regards to the welfare of younger kids weren’t truthfully answered.

“Kids and grandchildren have been positioned in care and a few want to stay in touch with household.

“There may very well be contact with [Rhonda Colt] and witnesses.”

After Ms Schurr refused bail, Ms Colt stood up within the jail video cubicle and held her head in her arms and sobbed.

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