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5 Jun 2014
10:26 am

Springs ‘dad from hell’ denied bail

The public gallery in the Springs Magistrate's Court erupted in spontaneous applause when a man dubbed "The Springs Monster" was denied bail on Thursday.

FILE PICTURE: A man accused of abusing his wife and five children appears in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, 4 June 2014. Investigating officer Rudolf Jansen told the court of the torture and assault the children - aged between two and 16 - had allegedly been put through by their father. The accused, who may not be named to protect the identity of his wife and children, faces charges of assault and kidnapping. Further charges, including one of rape, were expected to be brought against him after allegations that he had forcefully had sex with his wife. The Springs man was arrested last month after his son fled the house and sought help from neighbours. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

The 36-year-old man was arrested after allegedly assaulting his wife and five children and keeping them captive.

The case was postponed to June 12 for the man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of his family, to obtain Legal Aid.

He faces charges of child abuse, rape, assault, and defeating the ends of justice.

Magistrate Roy le Roux found that the man did not even come close to convincing the court that it was in the interests of justice to release him on bail.

The court found that he made a false statement that his son was missing, and he could be charged with perjury.

“The State has a strong case as far as attempted murder is concerned,” Le Roux said in his judgment.

He was referring to a medical report of one of the man’s children, an 11-year-old boy who had suffered numerous bruises and scars to his body. The boy also had a scar on his head from allegedly being hit with a knobkerrie.

Threats by the community against the man, should he be granted bail, were also taken into consideration.

The man was arrested last month after the 11-year-old boy apparently fled the house in Springs and went to a neighbour’s house next door.

The neighbour called police and the five children, aged between two and 16, were found.

It was alleged that the man had abused his children and wife.

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