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Dad in Dutch farm case beat captive children to ward off ‘bad spirits'

28 days ago   |   By Metro

In the first hearing in the Ruinerwold farmouse case, prosecutors described the abuse allegedly suffered by the children
A Dutch father isolated six of his children in a remote farmhouse from birth and forced one of them to spend an entire summer in a kennel, prosecutors claim.
Gerrit-Jan Van Dorsten, 67, subjected his offspring to ‘very serious physical punishment' when he thought they had been made ‘unclean' or there was a ‘bad spirit' in them, a court heard today.
He is accused of tying one child by his hands and feet, forcing another to live in a doghouse and sexually abusing his two...
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Father who kept his children captive on Dutch farm 'beat them to drive out "bad spirits"

Father who kept his children captive on Dutch farm 'beat them to drive out "bad spirits"

28 days ago   |   By Daily Mail

Gerrit Jan van Dorsten, 67, subjected the youngsters from the village of Ruinerwold in the Netherlands to 'very serious physical punishment', prosecutors claimed on Tuesday.
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Man beat his children at Dutch farm 'to drive out evil spirits', court hears

Man beat his children at Dutch farm 'to drive out evil spirits', court hears

28 days ago   |   By The Guardian

Gerrit Jan van D. allegedly used punishments including forcing son to live in doghouse A man isolated six of his children in a remote Dutch farmhouse from birth and beat them to drive out “bad spirits”, prosecutors have told a court. Gerrit Jan van D., 67, subjected his children, who were found on the farm in the village of Ruinerwold in October, to “very serious physical punishment” when he thought they had been made “unclean”.
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