Ruling expected in Springs man's bail bid

2014-06-05 07:25
The Springs husband accused of abusing his wife and children appears in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

The Springs husband accused of abusing his wife and children appears in court. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - A ruling in the bail application of a father accused of abusing his wife and five children is expected in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

The accused - who cannot be named to protect the identity of his family - submitted an affidavit on Wednesday in which he asked to be released on bail.

He said he was not a flight risk and had no relatives abroad.

The State, which opposed bail, presented two witnesses to support its case.

Warrant Officer Rudolf Jansen, the investigating officer, told the court of the horrific conditions the family lived under and the injuries that at least one of the children suffered, allegedly at the hands of his father.

Forensic and psychology expert, Gerhard Labuschagne told the court that during his brief meeting with the accused, he saw no signs which could indicate that he suffered from any mental illness. He advised the court to not grant him bail.

Testifying in the accused's favour was his sister's mother-in-law.

She said the accused's wife had also assaulted her children.

Locals and non-governmental organisations demonstrated outside the court on Wednesday, filled the public gallery and submitted a petition stating that the man should be kept behind bars.
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