A member of the Colt* incest family has been languishing behind bars for three months despite being granted bail because authorities have not been able to find anywhere that would take him.
NSW Supreme Court judge Stephen Campbell released Frank Colt (a pseudonym) to stay at The Village in Glebe, a backpackers' hostel, on January 14, but the reservation was revoked within 24 hours.
On Thursday Justice Desmond Fagan heard alternative accommodation for Mr Colt had been found at a motel on the Central Coast, but only for a two-week period.
Mr Colt, 49, was one of eight members of the family who were arrested and charged last year over allegations of sexual abuse of children at a property in rural NSW.
He is charged with four counts of sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 10 and one further charge, laid in January, of sexual intercourse without consent.
Justice Fagan heard Mr Colt's next court date had been pushed back by six weeks for negotiations to take place with his co-accused before the group was due to face committal proceedings.
He said it was unacceptable Mr Colt continued to be kept in jail so long after his bail had been granted.
Defence barrister Frank Coyne said that, despite his client likely having to be relocated to other accommodation soon after his release, the motel was "all we have at the moment. It's the only alternative to custody."
In varying bail conditions to the new address, Justice Fagan said "unsuitable or not, I'm just going to have to release him".
As part of his bail conditions, Mr Colt must report to police twice daily.
According to conditions previously set by Justice Campbell, Mr Colt's bail also comes with a $10,000 surety, which must be forfeited if he breaches the conditions.
Two other members of the Colt family, who were charged with perjury, have previously been granted bail under strict conditions.
In 2013, a judge found there was evidence of "intergenerational incest" within the Colt family as he made an order to permanently remove from their property 12 children, who then ranged in age from five to 16.
* Name a pseudonym.
- SMH/The Age