Springs monster’s children just want to ‘get on with their lives’

2018-10-02 12:03
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The children of the so-called Springs monster and his wife crave a normal life.

That’s what a family friend who’s close to the eldest daughter (now 20) told YOU on Monday after the sentencing hearing of the man and his wife (both 40) was postponed to tomorrow in the high court in Pretoria.

Judge Eben Jordaan presided over the trial and will hand down sentencing tomorrow (Wednesday).

“We all want to see justice served. We don’t want either of them to get off scot-free. But now the children just want to get on with their lives,” the friend said.

Advocate Jennifer Cronjé, for the state, reportedly argued in closing statements that a prison sentence of 25 years wouldn’t be long enough for the man. She also argued the wife’s sentence can’t be softened just because she’d been an “abused woman”.

Both the husband and wife had troubled childhoods, the court heard. But Bronwynn Stollarz, a psychologist and the state’s expert witness, testified the man is a “sadistic psychopath” and should be sentenced accordingly.

The couple’s eldest son said in a statement he never wants to see his parents again and that he wants them to go to jail “for a long time”. He also said it’s their fault he and his siblings are in orphanages or foster care.

The eldest brother and sister are in foster care, while the three youngest children are in an orphanage, according to the family friend YOU spoke to.

Judge Jordaan found the couple guilty on several serious charges in August. The charges against the husband included child abuse and neglect of the couple’s five underage children, attempted murder of his eldest son (then 11), as well as raping his eldest daughter (then 16).

He was also found guilty on drug possession charges, as well as defeating the ends of justice.

The wife was eventually found guilty of child neglect and defeating the ends of justice.

To protect the underage children, the couple’s names have been withheld ever since they were arrested in May 2014.

Police had been called to the couple’s home in Springs on Gauteng’s East Rand after the eldest son had managed to escape and run for help at the neighbour’s house.

It later emerged that the father had held his wife and children captive in their home for years.

 

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