A mother has pleaded guilty to manslaughter while her boyfriend faces murder charges over the horrific abuse inflicted on a seven-year old boy.
Warning: this post deals with detailed descriptions of child abuse and may be distressing for some readers.
It has been alleged that this seven-year old boy’s life changed the moment his mother met her boyfriend.
That his once caring, loving mother became captivated by the man who encouraged her and her other children to beat and starve the boy. The little boy – who was just seven-years old is now dead.
Yesterday the man, who cannot be named, was ordered to stand trial accused of abusing and murdering his girlfriend’s seven-year-old son.
The 31-year old man, a Christian hip-hop music producer, and the boy’s mother blamed the death of the seven-year old boy on an “accidental fall from a pogo stick” before the mother recanted her story.
On Tuesday the boy’s mother plea pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Yesterday the man appeared in the NSW Supreme Court and heard he will face more than 20 charges including murder, common assault, inciting an act of indecency and assault occasioning actual bodily harm-in fact
The Crown alleges that the boy had been well cared for by his mother until she met the music producer in January 2013.
A week after they met she moved her three children into the man’s music studio in Sydney and she quickly became influenced by his “parenting philosophy”, it is alleged.
It was then the Crown says his life changed. The young boy was subjected to prolonged and varied physical and emotional abuse.
Fairfax Media reports that the boy’s mother’s care of the three siblings” significantly diminished” once she moved in.
The facility did not have a bathroom, or even a toilet “ and was regularly filled with people smoking cannabis.”
But there three children lived, and a woman who was intoxicated with her new partner.
Fairfax Media reports that:
“The couple made the children use a bucket for a toilet and put them in nappies at night, despite all three being toilet trained, so they didn’t have to use the communal toilets in the complex, in order to hide their presence. Their bedding was covered in faeces and urine. The man instigated a punishment regime based on the concept of “Spartans and soldiers” from the action movie 300, which included “boot camp” style exercise and vicious beatings.”
The man is alleged to have videoed himself forcing the boy’s siblings to beat him yelling out “Soldiers what is your profession” as he filmed the horrific punishment.
The seven-year-old boy had a moderate intellectual disability but this man is said to have believed it was a farce and that the boy needed to “toughen up.”
Police were called at once stage while the family were briefly living in a caravan in Bulli – witnesses reported that the boy was being chased with a stick on the beach, not given food and water and forced to run along the beach until the point of collapse. It was also said he was hit repeatedly with a spatula.