The so-called Springs Monster in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, during an earlier appearance. Picture: Jacques Naude/African News Agency/ANA
Pretoria - The man dubbed the Springs Monster has been sentenced to an effective 35 years in jail, while his former wife was handed a suspended sentence.

In August this year, he was found guilty of the attempted murder of his son, child abuse and neglect, as well as using and dealing drugs. 

The boy was 11 years old at the time of the crime.

The father, who faced 22 charges, was also found guilty of the rape of his then 16-year-old daughter.

The mother who faced 20 charges, was found guilty of child neglect and not guilty of child abuse. The court found that she was an abused and battered woman.

The couple's five children were rescued in 2014 when they were aged between three and 16.

The wife of the ‘Springs Monster’ has been convicted on eight charges. Picture: Zelda Venter

They were found in a so-called house of horrors after the police raided the family's double-storey house in Springs when the neighbours contacted them. This was after the couple’s then 11-year-old son ran to the neighbours for help as his father had severely beaten him. 

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