A father who tortured, terrorised and sexually abused four children at a remote South Australian property has been jailed for up to 25 years.

The SA man sexually assault his childrenĀ and also locked them in cages, tied them to trees and slammed their fingers in doors in a ghastly campaign of abuse, reports 9 news.

The 43-year-old was on Monday sentenced to at least 19 years in prison for his crimes that were committed over more than a decade at his house north of Port Augusta.

“You tormented and terrorised each child,” District Court Judge Sophie David said in her sentencing.

“It’s hard to fully detail the sadistic nature of your offending.”

He was found guilty in August of multiple offences, including aggravated assault, unlawful sexual intercourse and false imprisonment.

Two of the children were his biological son and daughter and the other two were his stepson and stepdaughter.

The court heard the children have suffered devastating and lasting consequences as a result of the abuse.

“You reaped incalculable damage upon their lives,” Judge David said.

The man’s wife was also found guilty of false imprisonment because she was complicit in her husband’s abuse against two of the children between 2011 and 2013.

She was jailed for three years with a non-parole period of two years.

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  • What a beautiful but sad story. I burst into tears reading this truly touching story.




  • What a horrid man. And those poor kids… What happens to them now? With the mother also in prison, will they go to foster care?
    How young were those kids? Nobody around them understood what was happening? :-(


  • Alot of years of abuse deserves more time in jail,a horrible man.


  • No this is not a fair sentence. He should be locked up alone, without any freedom, without tv, computer, books and visits and no chance ever to be released.


  • No living thing would torture children in the way depicted here. Life in prison would be too good for this low-life.


  • He should have got 10 years per child with no parole or early release for good behaviour. He has force 4 children to suffer phsychical, emotional and, phsycological child abuse under SA laws. There may even be more sections under the law he can be charged with. Basically he also tortured them. A wild animal doesn’t treat his/her young like that.


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