An Adelaide court has heard how a couple allegedly tormented, neglected and brutally abused their two children.


The children were beaten, locked in cages, tied up and sexually assaulted. They had their fingers slammed in doors, they were tied to trees or locked outdoors as punishment, the Adelaide District Court heard.

In one distressing incident, the siblings were gagged and tied together on the family’s kitchen table and photographed while in a state of distress, according to the ABC.

Stock whips and bed slats were also allegedly used to beat the children. When they were tied to trees, they were sometimes left upside down for hours.

None of those involved can be named to protect the identity of the children. Their biological father and stepmother are both aged in their 40s.

The jury also heard that the father raped his daughter and that he was sometimes directed by his partner to abuse the children.

Prosecutor Amelia Cairney also told the jury the children were often locked outside overnight.

“The physical abuse involved acts of violence, including hitting or belting the children, slamming fingers into doors or physically restraining the children by tying them in trees or locking them in sheds or cages for periods of time,” Ms Cairney said.

“This ongoing abuse, on the prosecution case, resulted in an environment of fear and degradation.”

The father is charged with six counts of false imprisonment, five of aggravated assault, two of aggravated indecent assault and two of unlawful sexual intercourse.

His wife, the children’s stepmother, is charged with two counts of false imprisonment and two of aggravated assault causing harm.

The case continues.

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  • I would be interested to know how this case is going. I hope the ‘parents’, I use the term loosely because no loving parent would be capable of this, are locked up with the keys thrown away. And in general population of the prison, let them suffer some abuse


  • Poor children. Hope they are receiving the intensive support they need to get through this.


  • Just can’t imagine what these poor children went through. Why did nobody speak up about the abuse they were suffering? Was there no extended family to see what was happening?
    Do hope with the right care these children can be helped.


  • How can this type of continuous systematic abuse go on over such a long time?! Where are the neighbours? Family? Friends? If they’re school age, education authorities? Why did it take so long for someone to discover this heinous crime? These people aren’t human! And why are the courts so lenient towards crimes such as this? The innocents of this world are horrifically used and abused and there’s no justice for them!


  • It made me wonder over the years why they have such ridiculously lenient sentences for child abuse and child sexual offences.
    It’s probably one of the worst crimes to commit against anyone.
    There’s not too much that is as bad (in most people’s minds) as abusing children, the elderly and animals.
    Takes a certain amount of cruelty to do that. It’s different to two men arguing and taking a fight too far or tax evasion or whatever else sends people to jail.
    It’s an act of a ruthless sick predator.
    I realised the reason our courts are so lenient on the rapists is because so many men with money that are in the police, lawyers, judges, politicians etc are actually pedophiles themselves.
    When they busted open that big pedophile ring a couple of years ago it was filled with teachers, lawyers, cops, judges and assorted professionals including some politicians if my memory serves me right.
    The people need to rise up.


  • In addition to that they should be charged with physcological abuse which is in part of the child abuse act as far as I know. If it can be proved that they were yelled at they can also be charged with verbal abuse.


  • Disgusting, vile creatures. I hope your life becomes the hell you inflicted on these poor innocent children


  • Poor kids!! What an horrific life they had!
    I hope they are in a good home now and have the life they deserve.


  • Poor kids! They will need a lot of counselling to recover from this horrific abuse! :-(


  • I am so sick of hearing about these poor children. I want to lock myself up in a cupboard as it really distresses me that some people can treat children that way when there are people like myself wanting another child and not being able to. These people have an express pass to hell.


  • Hopefully the children will be well cared for and lead a normal life as best as they can.


  • Lock them up and throw away the key!
    They are disgusting excuses for human beings


  • Could not agree more…just make sure those that hand out the punishment are not handed longer sentences


  • Lock these monsters up and throw away the key.
    Those poor poor children


  • The full extent of their actions should be made clear to their fellow inmate who should then abuse these monsters in the same way


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