Zephany kidnapper guilty

2016-03-15 06:00
 The Lavender Hill woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse as a baby was found guilty last Thursday.

The Lavender Hill woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse as a baby was found guilty last Thursday.

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The Lavender Hill woman who raised Zephany Nurse did indeed kidnap her when she was only three days old

Zephany’s nursing mother was convicted on all three charges against her in the Western Cape High Court last Thursday.

The woman, who can’t be named to protect Zephany’s identity, was found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children’s Act.

Following the judge’s guilty verdict, sentencing proceedings will start on 30 May.

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe said the woman was a danger to the society and missed a golden opportunity to tell the truth about the case when she was being questioned by police.

Her application to extend her bail was denied as she is deemed to be a threat to society. She will be in prison until the sentencing.

With the gallery full of Zephany’s biological family and supporters of the kidnapper, Hlophe said this was a serious case and she could be facing 10 years direct imprisonment.

Zephany did not attend the judgement as she was writing supplementary matric exams.

During a couple of weeks of trial witnesses where called to stand. Hlophe said they all detailed the events chronologically.

It also came to light during the trial that the kidnapper had tried to steal another baby before she kidnapped Zephany. She said she didn’t go to the police as she was scared.

For 19 years, the kidnapper never told her husband the truth about their child. She also kept her miscarriages a secret.

The truth only came to light when Zephany’s biological sister went to the same school as Zephany and they become friends. Everyone was astonished by their striking resemblance.

A DNA test confirmed that Zephany was her biological sister. Zephany was reunited with her biological parents after that.

The kidnapper maintained her innocence throughout the trial, saying she was not anywhere close to the hospital when Zephany went missing.

While detailing the events of the day of the kidnapping during the trial Zephany’s biological mother, Celeste Nurse, broke down several times.

She said the kidnapper had offered to help her with her newborn baby whilst she rested as she looked tired and drained. Waking up a few minutes later, her child was gone.

Zephany’s family never lost hope of finding their child and they celebrated her birthday every year.

The family says they are happy with the outcome of the case.

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