Trial of 'Springs monster' continues

2016-11-03 05:38
The couple during an earlier court appearance. (Netwerk24)

The couple during an earlier court appearance. (Netwerk24)

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Pretoria – The trial of the man dubbed the “Springs monster” and his wife, accused of the decade-long abuse of their five children, continues in the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

Police were called to the couple’s house on the East Rand in May 2014, after their son ran to a neighbour for help. The father was arrested on May 23.

On Monday, love letters between the pair were read into the record. The wife wrote them and gave them to him while he was in prison.

“Ek is so lief vir jou my sexy, ek sal jou nooit los my sexy, my hart klop net vir jou my sexy, PS: I love you (I love you so much, I will never leave you my sexy, my heart just beats for you),” investigating officer Rudi Jansen read from one of the letters, written on pink paper.

He read three love letters, two of them shaped in hearts, to the court.

The pair have 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.

The father pleaded not guilty to 21 charges, including the 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.

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