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‘House of horrors’ dad denied bail

Crime & Courts

Johannesburg - A man accused of abusing his wife and five children and holding them captive was denied bail in the Springs Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

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546 Hermanus Engelbrecht who is charged with with rape, child abuse, assault and attempted murders appeared for bail hearing at the Springs Regional court. 040614 Picture: Boxer Ngwenya

The matter was postponed to June 12 to give the man - who cannot be named to protect the identity of his family - an opportunity to apply for Legal Aid.

The court erupted in applause as his bail was denied.

The man was arrested in May after his 11-year-old son apparently fled the family's house in Springs and went to a neighbour's house. The neighbour called police.

The man allegedly kept his wife and five children, aged between two and 16, captive in the house and assaulted them. - Sapa

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