‘I felt like an animal’: Boy’s words to the man who locked him inside cage

He kicked the boy for taking the rubbish out, he hit him with a cane, slammed his head into the container, and punched him in the leg, leaving him unable to walk.

The other adults involved in the scheme claimed the overseer subjected them all to violence.

That man was eventually sentenced to six years and four months in prison, with a non-parole period of four years and five months, for cultivating the commercial crop to which he exposed children, false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and numerous weapons convictions.

The child’s mother, who told police she didn’t agree with keeping him in the shed, received three years and eight months, with a non-parole period of two years and five months, for false imprisonment, failing to provide necessities for her son, and cultivating cannabis.