A Brisbane father whose twin toddlers died of malnutrition has been sentenced to eight years in jail.

The twins' 11-year-old sister discovered their bodies in their cot in 2008.

The 18-month-old boy and girl had not been properly fed for several weeks.

Their 35-year-old mother was suffering severe depression at the time.

Last month she was sentenced to eight years' jail for manslaughter.

The twins' 34-year-old father pleaded guilty to the same offence.

Supreme Court Justice Peter Lyons found the man led a "highly self-centred lifestyle", spending most weeknights in hotels playing poker and leaving his partner to care for six children all day, every day.

He told police he had not seen the twins for at least a month before they died, and Justice Lyons said his conduct "bordered on wilful blindness".

He handed down two eight-year sentences to be served concurrently, with parole eligible in March 2017.

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