Daughter of 'Springs monster' set to testify

2016-05-27 11:48
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 eldest daughter from the so called 'Springs house of horrors' will begin to give her testimony on Friday in the North Gauteng High Court.

Prosecutor Jennifer Cronje told News24 that the trial would continue on Friday and Monday with the children giving their testimonies.

On Tuesday Cronje told Judge Eben Jordaan that the children were ready to testify, although the 13-year-old boy was particularly emotional. 

Thursday saw the son continue to give his testimony through an intermediary in camera against his parents.

On Friday the 18-year-old daughter is expected to start giving testimony with her brother set to continue on Monday. An intermediary will not be used by the daughter as at 18 years old she is no longer a minor. 

The children are testifying through the use of closed-circuit television.

Charges include rape

On Monday, the parents pleaded not guilty to charges including the attempted murder of their 13-year-old son, attempted obstruction of justice, five charges of child abuse, five of child neglect, two of breaking the Schools Act, showing pornographic material to the oldest daughter when she was still under 18, and using and distributing crystal methamphetamine.

Another charge related to making fireworks wrapped in nails with masking tape.

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

He however pleaded guilty to one charge of stopping police from doing their work when they searched for one of his children in May 2014.

The mother pleaded not guilty to 20 charges.

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

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