State hails pair’s abuse con­vic­tion

Pretoria News Weekend - - NEWS -

THE Gaut­eng De­part­ment of So­cial Devel­op­ment wel­comed the guilty judg­ment on the ‘’Springs Mon­ster cou­ple’’, say­ing it was a de­ter­rent to the vi­o­lent abuse of in­no­cent and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

The Gaut­eng High Court, Pre­to­ria, found the cou­ple guilty on all charges in­clud­ing rape, at­tempted mur­der, de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice, ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and five counts of child abuse and five counts of child ne­glect.

The man was found guilty of abus­ing their five chil­dren, rap­ing their older daugh­ter, who was 16 years of age at the time, at­tempted mur­der of the 11-year-old son, and deal­ing in drugs. The wife was found guilty of five counts of child ne­glect, de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice and ob­struc­tion of jus­tice and pos­sess­ing drugs. – Staff Re­porter

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