‘Springs Monster’ and his wife back in the dock

2016-06-09 07:44
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 trial of the couple whose family home has been dubbed the Springs "house of horrors" is set to continue at the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.  
The couple is charged with neglecting and abusing their five children.

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

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

During their last appearance, a woman who lived in a cottage flat in the backyard of the couple told the high court that she saw the father hide his 13-year-old son in its ceiling.

She said the father hid the boy in a hole in the ceiling and told the child that he will come and fetch him later.

The 36-year-old man 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.

He was arrested in May 2014 after his 11-year-old son ran to a neighbour's house to beg for help. The neighbour called police. The wife was arrested a month later.
She was granted bail while he remained in custody.

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