JOHANNESBURG – The trial of the man dubbed the “Springs monster” and his wife, who are accused of the abuse of their five children for a decade, is expected to continue in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday.
The case was postponed last Monday due to an outstanding psychologist’s report.
The father was arrested on May 23, 2016 when 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 couple pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of their 13-year old son, attempted obstruction of justice, five charges of child abuse, five counts of child neglect, two charges of breaking the Schools Act, showing pornographic material to their eldest daughter when she was still under 18, and using and distributing crystal methamphetamine.
Judge Eben Jordaan told the man’s advocate, Anneke van Wyk, that the report must be finalised by Monday and that if it wasn’t, the person responsible for it must appear before the court. The report has been outstanding for the past five months.
The mother testified, at a previous court appearance, that she had a difficult childhood.
The couple’s name may not be revealed to protect the identity of their five children, some of whom are still minors.
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