The case against a husband and wife from Springs, who allegedly repeatedly abused and held their five children captive for years in their home, dubbed the ‘House of Horrors’, has been postponed until August, pending further investigation.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) requested an extended timeframe in order to further investigate the allegations against the man and his wife, stating that more time was needed in order to compile an effective case against the couple. The defendant’s legal team had no objections to the request. The couple appeared for a brief moment in the Springs Magistrate’s Court on Friday, where the case was postponed until the 22nd of August 2014.
The woman is currently allowed out on bail and is residing with relatives. Her husband, however, remains in the custody of the state, at the present moment in time. Their children are under state protection until further notice.
The identities of the co-accused remains unknown in order to protect their children.
The children, all between the ages of 2 and 16, were allegedly beaten profusely, shocked with electric wires, burned with a blow torch, molested and raped. Only the eldest daughter, aged sixteen, has ever attended school, albeit for a brief period. The couple’s neighbours were apparently completely unaware of the children’s existence until one evening their 11 year-old son managed to escape the house and alert them of what was occurring at the upmarket house where the couple was residing.
The man and wife, both aged 36, face the same charges of child abuse, attempted murder, kidnapping, defeating the ends of justice, kidnapping and possible statutory rape charges.
Outside of the Springs Magistrate’s Court, residents of the surrounding area surrounded the building with posters demonstrating their feelings towards the couple. Some of the posters read “No bail for abuse”, “House of Horrors”, ” Springs monster” and “Stop child abuse.”
The court will remain adjourned until the 22nd of August, pending further probing by the NPA into the matter.