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

Springs - The family of the Springs man arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife and five children and keeping them captive are concerned about him after he attempted to commit suicide this week.

The man cut his wrist while in the holding cells of the Springs Magistrate’s Court after he was denied bail. He was treated in hospital and returned to jail.

Last night, the man’s aunt said she would be going to see him in prison on Monday.

“He has no one at the moment. He feels that the whole world is against him. He is depressed without his kids.”

His brother-in-law said he was concerned that 36-year-old’s health would suffer because of the cold weather.

The family had brought him a jacket and a blanket but claim these were stolen in jail.

“He told me he has to pay R5 for a blanket in prison which he doesn’t even have. Imagine sleeping on a concrete floor without anything to keep warm,” the brother-in-law said.

The man, who was arrested last month, cannot be named to protect the identity of his family. He faces charges of child abuse, rape, assault and defeating the ends of justice.

The case has been postponed to Thursday.

Saturday Star