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Members of a notorious "incest family" will face an extraordinary shared process


All eight members of the notorious incest family will face an extraordinary joint trial "later this year" as the legal team tries to speed up the process

  • Eight people were arrested for incest, sexual assault and child neglect
  • The detainees belong to the Colt family, who are accused of generations of incest
  • Charges could be brought against the entire clan for an extraordinary joint trial this year

An Australian family accused of incest is facing an extraordinary process that could take place later this year.

Australia's infamous "incest clan" was exposed in 2012 when horrified child protection officers saved a dozen "Colt family" children from dirty tents and caravans in Boorowa, western New South Wales.

The eight family members who were arrested last year were Betty Colt, 51, her sisters Rhonda and Martha, brother Charlie, Rhonda's son Cliff, and Betty's sons Derek and Roderick, and daughter Raylene.

The 51-year-old matriarch of the Colt family, who was given the pseudonym Betty Colt (pictured as out of court in 2014), is one of eight charges

Dirty Past: This is the interior of the dirty camp in Boorowa, NSW where Betty Colt's children lived

Dirty Past: This is the interior of the dirty camp in Boorowa, NSW where Betty Colt's children lived

Seven of the suspects identified on Thursday will refrain from hearing to speed up legal proceedings before a court case, news.com.au reported.

Roderick is the only one who will request a hearing, his lawyer told the Central Local Court.

Charges for the group include alleged incest, child sexual abuse, and serious bodily harm.

Rhonda, Raylene and Roderick have been bailed since their arrest last year, while Derek will be bailing next month.

The Colt family lived in sheds, tents and caravans (picture) when they were discovered in 2012

The Colt family lived in sheds, tents and caravans (picture) when they were discovered in 2012

A hearing is scheduled for the clan on May 23, at which the family members will either appear in person or through an audiovisual connection from a prison.

The family has been given pseudonyms by law to protect the children's identities.

When the family was discovered, 11 of the children were bred. Few knew how to use toilet paper, and many had "distorted" ideas about sex and hygiene.

COLT CASE: WITHIN THE WAREHOUSE THAT SHOCKED THE WORLD

A three-person tent that members of the 38-strong Colt family lived in until July 2012

A three-person tent that members of the 38-strong Colt family lived in until July 2012

The discovery of generations of an allegedly incestuous family who lived in poor conditions six years ago in rural New South Wales angered Australia and stunned the world.

The 38-strong Colt clan was found in dilapidated caravans, sheds, and tents in the south of the state in mid-2012 after a family sex conversation overheard in a school playground.

The authorities removed 12 illiterate and malnourished children from the camp, including five of Betty Colt's children, and placed them in care. All but one were inbred.

It was described as the worst incest in Australia at the time. Below is a MailOnline family tree that was compiled from court documents at this time.

A family tree shows the allegedly incestuous relationships between members of the Colt clan

A family tree shows the allegedly incestuous relationships between members of the Colt clan

"I will never get over what I saw there," a police officer later reportedly told a colleague.

The children reported officials of generations of suspected adult sexual abuse to children and siblings to siblings involving boys and girls aged 12 years and older.

Officers came across the remote property after one of the children heard that his sister was going to have a baby.

But the family did not know which brother had fathered the child.

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