Cape Town hospital kidnapping trial delayed a day

2016-02-22 11:29
The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

The Western Cape High Court in Cape Town. (Paul Herman, News24)

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Cape Town - The woman accused of kidnapping a three-day-old infant from Groote Schuur Hospital will be back in the dock on Tuesday as the State and the defence finalise admissions before the trial starts.

The 51-year-old Lavender Hill woman appeared before Judge John Hlope in the Western Cape High Court on Monday morning on charges of kidnapping, fraud, and contravening the Children's Act.

The case was postponed until Tuesday.

The accused, who may not be named as it may lead to the teenager being identified, was released on R5 000 bail in March.

The baby girl was kidnapped from hospital in 1997.

The matter came to light when the girl's biological sister, who is four years younger, told her parents that a matric girl at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her father.

When the parents discovered the girl had the same birthday as their missing child, they reported it to the police.

DNA tests had confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.

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