You have to wonder why no Government agency uncovered this horror earlier. Twenty people living in one house and nobody thinks that maybe something is not right?
A WOMAN who masterminded a cruel regime of starvation "beyond comprehension" and fuelled by jealousy has been jailed for 10 years.
Today, the Supreme Court in Adelaide jailed Tania Marie Staker, 36, for her role in the neglect of five children at a northern suburbs house between February and June 2008.
Three men - the children's father Luke Armistead, 38, Michael Quinlivan, 27, and Robert Armistead, 41 - were each sentenced to nine years in prison.
In sentencing, Justice Kevin Duggan said each of the adults had inflicted a daily routine of punishment "beyond comprehension" on the five siblings.
"It reached a point where the children were made to stand against a wall without moving ... they were made to stand in the same position from morning until night."
Each of the children were beaten, starved, choked and fed only the scraps left over after the other 21 children in the house had eaten a share of hot chips or noodles.