Zephany's biological father collected evidence for a month

2016-02-23 15:18
Morne Nurse leaves the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

Morne Nurse leaves the Western Cape High Court. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - The biological father of Zephany Nurse, kidnapped from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997, collected evidence for a full month before taking the information to the Hawks last year.

Morne Nurse said he did this after the unit told him not to "come with petty things".

Nurse testified in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday that he had met the teenager after his daughter told him a girl at her school bore a striking resemblance to her.

After collecting his daughter Cassidy and the then 17-year-old from Zwaanswyk High in January last year, he took the two friends to lunch.

"I asked her what her date of birth was and she replied April 30, 1997. That was the date my daughter was abducted," he told Judge John Hlope.

"She said she didn't look like her folks and asked if I wanted to see a photo on her phone of her mom and dad."

Nurse said he agreed that she did not look like her parents.

"I asked her why she looked like me and Cassidy and she burst out laughing, saying she didn't know."

Nurse told the court he backed off as he did not want to scare her.

He "scrutinised" her Facebook account and printed photos of her as she had grown up.

Nurse said he sent a photo of the girl and her mother to a witness who saw the suspected abductor on the day Zephany was snatched from her sleeping mother.

He asked her if she recognised the woman and she replied: "Yes, I will never forget her face."

"I was overwhelmed. I needed clarification," he said.

Nurse did not tell his now ex-wife Celeste Nurse of the discovery until a month later, when he took his information to the police.

The 51-year-old woman accused of snatching the infant from her mother's arms is facing charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act.

The accused, who may not be named as it could lead to the teenager being identified, was arrested in February last year.

DNA tests confirmed the teenager was indeed their daughter.

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