A member of the infamous Colt clan has been released from prison without charge more than two years after he was first accused of inciting someone to rape children.
Cliff Colt, a pseudonym for the 38-year-old, was due to face a joint trial alongside his uncle Charlie Colt this week over alleged incidents on the family farm in rural NSW between 2010 and 2012.
But he was released on Wednesday by the Supreme Court after prosecutors withdrew the four charges subject of the trial.
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions declined to comment on the reason.
Charlie, 47, still faces a separate judge-alone trial on charges of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and indecent assault of a child.
The pair were among eight Colts, aged between 31 and 53, arrested and charged in April 2018 during a police operation in three states.
The arrests came six years after authorities uncovered 40 members of the same family living in squalor on a rural NSW property.
A court later placed 12 children into state care after hearing of neglect and genetic evidence pointing to many having related parents.
Cliff at one stage was charged with nine core and 12 back-up offences allegedly committed between early 2010 and mid-2012, including inciting an adult to have sexual intercourse with a child and inciting a child to commit an indecent act on another child.
Most were dropped in early June, with the remaining four dropped on Wednesday.
Charlie’s older brother Frank was found guilty this week by Judge Gina O’Rourke of raping a 17-year-old family member in 2010.
A hearing in August will determine if the DPP needs to pay Cliff and Charlie’s legal costs to defend the now-dropped charges.