Accused baby kidnapper granted bail

2015-03-06 09:45
The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)

The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)

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Cape Town - The woman accused of kidnapping a baby from Groote Schuur Hospital almost 18 years ago was granted bail in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

The magistrate granted the R5 000 bail application, with the condition that the accused is not allowed to contact the daughter throughout the course of the case, eNCA reported.

The biological father of the kidnapped girl says he is "completely happy" that he has had contact with his daughter, SABC reported.

According to EWN, the accused will have to check in at an agreed upon police station every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

The accused, a 50-year-old woman from Lavender Hill on the Cape Flats, was arrested on 26 February and appeared in court last Friday.

She is charged with kidnapping a baby at the hospital on 30 April 1997. The child cannot be named as she is still a minor.

'I knew immediately'

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Barkhuizen, the investigating officer in the case, said on Thursday that the first time he laid eyes on the girl at the centre of the 17-year-long kidnapping saga, he knew she was the baby kidnapped in 1997.

Barkhuizen, who works for the Hawks, had been searching for the girl, now 17, for the past five years, Netwerk24 reported.

The results of the DNA tests were just a formality to him, he said. He knew instantly it was her after meeting her on the afternoon of 24 February.

"I was very happy for the parents that their child had been found."

Found

The teenager was found after her biological parents' second daughter, born four years after her disappearance, started Grade 8 at a school in Cape Town this year.

Classmates kept telling her a girl in matric looked just like her.

The two girls became friends and eventually the younger girl's father pretended he wanted to meet his daughter's new friend.

The likeness was remarkable and he approached the police. The older girl's parents could not show them any record of her birth.

They got permission to take DNA, and confirmed her identity.

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