'Springs Monster' and wife back in court

2016-06-03 05:30
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 couple whose family home has been dubbed the "Springs house of horrors" will be back in the High Court in Pretoria on Friday on charges of neglecting and abusing their five children.

The man faces 22 charges and his estranged wife 20. The charges include rape, child abuse, and drug possession and dealing. Both are 36 years old.

The husband pleaded guilty to one of the 22 charges, namely that he tried to stop a police officer from doing his work. The couple pleaded not guilty to all the other charges.

The two may not be named to protect the identities of their children, some of whom are minors.

At a previous court appearance Prosecutor Jennifer Cronje told Judge Eben Jordaan that the children were ready to testify, although the 13-year-old boy was particularly emotional. 

Two of the five children from the "house of horrors" testified in camera this week.

The father was arrested in May 2014 after his son, then 11, fled the house and ran to a neighbour for help.

The State alleged in the indictment that the parents tried to take him from the neighbour's house by force.

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