'You paid R3 000 for Zephany Nurse' - State

2016-03-07 14:10
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 stealing a three-day-old baby from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 said in the Western Cape High Court on Monday that she had no knowledge of adoption procedures.

This after prosecutor Evadne Kortje put it to her that she “paid R3 000 for Zephany Nurse”.

The accused, who may not be named as it may lead to Nurse’s new identity being revealed, said a woman, known only as Sylvia, had told her she could help her to legally adopt.

They met at Tygerberg Hospital shortly after the woman suffered a miscarriage late in 1996, four months before Zephany was kidnapped.

“But what made you think she could help with adoption when she couldn’t help you fall pregnant?” Kortje asked, after the accused admitted that the fertility treatment the woman had given her had not been successful.

“She was convincing,” the accused replied.

'Did not steal the baby'

The 51-year-old Lavender Hill woman said she had waited for almost an hour at the Wynberg train station for an appointment with Sylvia to discuss the process of legal adoption.

She had paid a deposit of R800 to Sylvia for medication valued at R3 000 to help her conceive.

A different woman, who the accused described as tall and thin, brought her a baby that day, the accused testified.

This, she said, had not been the reason for the meeting. When she asked the woman carrying the child why she was being handed the infant, she said she “just had to drop the baby”.

She was shocked and confused, she said.

After being handed the baby and told to go to a hospital in Retreat, the woman “was gone”.

Earlier, the accused admitted that she was desperate to have a baby, but “did not steal the baby”.

She claimed she had no prior knowledge that the infant was to be handed to her at the station that day.

Adoption

Earlier in the trial, the accused testified that Sylvia had told her about a young mother who did not want her baby and she was under the impression that a legal adoption was being arranged.

She said she kept the baby because she thought its mother did not want it.

"I would take it until the adoption papers come through. I didn’t know she was kidnapped."

She did not tell her husband about the adoption because he and Zephany “have such a close bond”. He did not know she had lost her baby, and believed Zephany to be his own.

“We all became so close. I was about to tell her, but I thought of her education. I would have told them after she finished her matric," the accused previously said.

All she knew, she testified last week, was that the child was born on April 30. This was the date that three-day-old Zephany was abducted.

The woman faces charges of kidnapping, fraud, and contravening the Children’s Act. She has pleaded not guilty.

She was arrested in February 2015. 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 parents.

When the parents discovered the girl's birthday corresponded with the day Zephany disappeared, they reported it to police. DNA tests confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.

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