House of horrors: Nurse testifies about child's brutal injuries

2016-06-06 14:23
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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Pretoria - The father of the 13-year-old boy from the "Springs house of horrors" allegedly sat on him and punched him repeatedly with his fists, the High Court in Pretoria heard on Monday in reference to the child's testimony.

Christina Rollin - a registered nurse who specialises in rape and neglect cases - testified that she had examined the children and that some of the injuries on the boy were consistent with his father hitting him with his fists while sitting on him.

She testified that, while examining the boy, she noted numerous injuries on his face. These included various scars and bruises to his ears, neck, cheekbone, back of his head and a collection of blood on the outer areas of both the boy's eyes.

Apart from the injuries to his face, the boy also had scars on his lower back, upper left back shoulder, upper left back, with bruises on his shoulder blade, torso, buttocks, ankle and knee.

Rollin testified that the father could have killed the boy by punching him while sitting on top of him.

It was also heard that the boy had testified that his father threw him up in the air and left him to fall on the floor, where he hit his head against an object, believed to be a heater. Rollin also testified that the boy's injuries were consistent with this.

The boy was also allegedly hit on his head with a knobkierie.

'Extremely painful'

State advocate Jennifer Cronje also said the children testified in camera that their father had shot them with a BB gun.

The boy also testified previously that we was strung up by his hands and feet between two pillars in the house.

Rollin said that marks on the boy's wrists and ankles could be consistent with this testimony and that such an incident would have been "extremely painful".

"One of the injuries was a thermal injury, however I can't confirm if it was a blowtorch," Rollin said, referring to the boy's testimony that he was assaulted with a blowtorch.

While Rollin was listing the injuries to the boy, both parents sat in the court benches, showing no emotion whatsoever.

Previously, both parents pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted murder of their 13-year old boy, attempted obstruction of justice, the making of fireworks wrapped in nails with masking tape, five charges of child abuse, five charges of child negligence, two charges of breaking the Schools Act, showing pornographic material to the oldest daughter when she was still under 18, and also for the use and distribution of crystal meth.

The father pleaded not guilty to 21 charges, that include the alleged abuse and rape of his oldest daughter.

He did, however, plead guilty to one charge of preventing police from doing their job when they searched for one child in May 2014.

The mother pleaded not guilty to 20 charges.

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