A crazed father at the centre of a Doomsday cult kept his children isolated for more than a decade and even kept one in a dog kennel, prosecutors claim.
The youngsters were subjected to beatings and denied food by the warped dad-of-nine as he attempted to "stop evil spirits", as he believed they were "unclean".
It was only when his eldest son walked into a local bar in a confused state that the alarm was raised on the house of horrors and police were able to swoop in and rescue the kids.
After years of sick abuse, Gerrit Jan van Dorsten was arrested in October 2019 at the age of 67, accused of having subjected the kids to “very serious physical punishment” on a remote site in the Netherlands, the court heard.
His eldest child, Jan Zon van Dorsten, had walked into a local bar and said that he and his family had not left home for nine years, and had been waiting for the end of the world.
It then emerged van Dorsten held his captives, aged 18 and 25 at the time of his arrest, in makeshift cells in a hidden dungeon.
Court hearings detailed the horror abuse van Dorsten inflicted on the children including one boy punished by having his hands and feet tied.
Another spent the summer captive in a dog house after being forced to live in a caravan away from the rest of the family, prosecutors claimed.
A 61-year-old Austrian handyman, who was described as a 'disciple' of van Dorsten, was jailed this week for helping isolate the kids.
Named only as Joseph B due to Dutch privacy rules, he bought the family groceries and the court was told without his contribution, isolating the children from society for so long would not have been possible.
The court in the city of Assen, however, acquitted Joseph B. of detaining three older children and abusing any of van Dorsten's children.
After suffering a stroke van Dorsten himself was deemed too ill for trial.
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However, the sick dad was charged with depriving the kids of their liberty from 2007 to 2019, as well as alleged sexual abuse of two of his older three children.
Prosecutors said the youngest six of the nine children “lived in seclusion from birth, were kept indoors and had to be quiet so that no one would notice that they existed.”
Having never attended school, the children were not registered with Dutch authorities and had been isolated for so long they had lost the ability to talk properly and spoke a bizarre "fantasy language" to shocked cops, the lawyers said.
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