Child abuse parents back in court

2015-06-15 05:33
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Johannesburg - A Free State couple who allegedly forced their 11-year-old daughter to have sex with men, are expected to learn when their trial will start, when they appear in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Magistrate Akona Mqudlwa is expected to refer the case to the regional court and set a trial date.

Last week, Mqudlwa ordered that the couple remain in custody after he denied their bail request.

The girl and her 9-year-old brother were allegedly forced to take drugs, left at home without food and water, and kept out of school.

The couple face charges of rape, sexual exploitation of children, and child abuse. They may not be named to protect the identities of the children.

During the bail application, the investigating officer, Lesenyengo Matekane, told the court that the mother held down her daughter so her friends could rape her. When she tried to escape, the woman allegedly punched her and tried to break her fingers.

Police began investigating after a social worker complained about the conditions the children lived in. When police arrived at the house, the father hid the children in a room under blankets and dirty clothes.

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