A brother and a sister had four kids together and are at the centre of an incestual Australian family-of-40 where most of the kids are born by parents who are related.
Martha and Charlie Colt were among the eight relatives arrested when they were found living on a filthy plot which “smelt of urine in faeces” in April.
Genetic tests found 11 of the 12 kids, who slept in squalid tents without running water or electricity, were born to parents who were related. The children, aged between five and 12, could not speak properly and had deformities associated with inbreeding, The Sun reports.
It has now emerged that sick siblings Martha, 38, and Charlie, 45, shared a “marital bed” when they were arrested in New South Wales.
Martha, a pseudonym to protect the identity of child victims, and brother Charlie were living in the town of Griffith at the time, a court heard. Martha was charged with perjury while Charlie is accused of more than a dozens offences including six counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
Cops said four of Martha’s five kids, aged between 11 and 20, were born as a result of intercourse with a direct parent or more likely her sibling, Charlie.
When the home was raised on April 15, stunned detectives and welfare authorities found 38 members living on the filthy property which had no running water, electricity or proper sanitation. The children did not know how to use toilet paper, a toothbrush or shower, and had bed-wetting and hearing problems. They were years behind at school (if they had attended at all), tortured animals and had sex with their cousins, uncles and aunts.
Martha’s alleged offences are fewer than some of her co-accused siblings and nephews who face charges of sexual intercourse with children, indecent assault and incest.
Derek Colt, 29, faces two charges of incest with a person under the age of 16 while Raylene Colt, 34, and 50-year-old Betty face perjury charges.
The charges were brought 5 years after police raided the Colt family incest bolthole hidden in the hills behind the rural town of Boorowa in 2012.
At Martha Colt’s second bail application on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, Magistrate Alison Viney heard that the accused had high blood pressure and had suffered chest pains and migraines in prison. She had also fallen from an upper prison bunk and suffered soft tissue damage, and was finding her first time in custody “overwhelming”.
If released, she would have to rely on Centrelink welfare payments for her rent, and intended returning to Griffith to live.
Martha Colt was refused bail at yesterday’s bail hearing and will remain in prison.