‘Springs Monster’ applies for bail again

2014-07-24 10:50

A father from Springs on the East Rand who is accused of abusing his wife and five children and holding them captive is to re-apply for bail.

The Star reported today that the man’s lawyers will argue that there were new facts for the court to consider. Their client was denied bail last month.

The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his children, faced charges of attempted murder, child abuse, assault, and defeating the ends of justice.

He was arrested in May after his 11-year-old son escaped from the family’s house and ran to neighbours to beg for help. The neighbour called police.

The man slit his wrists in the court holding cells shortly after he was denied bail.

His wife was arrested on the same charges several weeks after his arrest.

She also cannot be named.

She was granted bail after the court ruled that she was not a flight risk and did not pose a threat to witnesses involved in the case.

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