Neighbours tell of 'house of horrors' boy's pleas

2014-05-29 11:04
A Springs man accused of abusing five children while keeping them captive for more than a decade, appears in court. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

A Springs man accused of abusing five children while keeping them captive for more than a decade, appears in court. (Mujahid Safodien, AFP)

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Johannesburg - The neighbours of a Springs man who allegedly kept his wife and five children hostage have told how his son escaped and begged them to help him.

Beeld reported on Thursday that the 11-year-old boy told them his father would beat him to death and begged them to hide him.

The 36-year-old man appeared in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, Sapa reported. His case was postponed to 4 June and he will remain in custody.

Shocked

According to Beeld, the neighbours had not known that the boy and his four siblings lived in the house next door until last Monday, when he hammered on their door, wearing only shorts.

They gave him a jacket and tea and hid him as they could hear his father calling for him in the garden next door.

However, the shocked family told Beeld that after calling relatives for advice, they decided to phone the boy's parents as they didn't want to be accused of kidnapping him. The boy apparently refused to leave when his mother, oldest sister and father came to fetch him. The father grabbed him and slapped him on the head.

The neighbours phoned the police the next day, and feared the worst when they heard that the child had disappeared. His father had taken him to relatives.

According to Sapa, the man will apply for bail at his next court appearance. He cannot be named in order to protect the children.

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