A 36 year old man stands before the Judge in the Springs Magistrate's Court charged with child abuse and assault. Police rescued 5 children and their mother from a house in Springs where the father is alleged to have kept them imprisoned for years against their will. 280513. Picture: Chris Collingridge 718


Johannesburg - The man dubbed the “Springs Monster” is making another bid for freedom, with his lawyers claiming there are new facts to consider after their client was denied bail last month.

The 36-year-old man, who cannot be named because it would identify his five children, was arrested for allegedly abusing, torturing and holding captive his family for years.

More than a month later, his wife was also arrested on charges of child abuse, attempted murder, assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, and defeating the ends of justice.

During the initial bail application, the man chose not to elaborate on his reasons for pleading not guilty to all of the charges, and blamed his wife for some of the injuries to their 11-year-old son.

The children are in a place of safety.

The Star