Amy'Leigh kidnapping: Accused teacher tells court she intends to plead not guilty

2019-10-01 11:37
Tharina Human, the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy'Leigh de Jager. (PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla)

Tharina Human, the alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy'Leigh de Jager. (PHOTO: Felix Dlangamandla)

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The alleged mastermind behind the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy'Leigh de Jager has said that she intends to plead not guilty to the charges she is facing.

Tharina Human, 27, appeared with her co-accused Laetitia Nel and Pieter van Zyl in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, for their formal bail application.

In an affidavit, read out by her lawyer David Mey, the Laerskool Kollegepark Grade RR teacher submitted that she was not a flight risk and would not interfere with evidence or witnesses. Human said she had no previous convictions and pending cases against her.

"I was arrested in this matter on September 4, 2019, for kidnapping and extortion. I intend to plead not guilty to the charges," the affidavit read.

Human said she could afford bail amounting to R10 000. She added that she would adhere to bail conditions handed down, should the application be approved.

Laetitia Nel, 40, who is accused two in the matter, also informed the court, through her lawyer Stoffel Venter, that it was in the interests of justice that her bail application be permitted.

'I will stand my trial'

Nel submitted that she was a suitable candidate for bail because she had no previous cases against her and had no intention of fleeing, as she was not in possession of a passport.

She added that reports that her bags were packed so she could flee town, when she was arrested, were not true.

"I will stand my trial. There is no possibility that I will even think of not standing my trial. There is no likelihood that I will interfere with further investigations in the matter. I bear no grudges.

"I deny [the] allegations (that bags were packed) as they are devoid of truth," Nel submitted.

Van Zyl, 50, also submitted that he intended pleading not guilty. He said he didn't have a passport and was not a flight risk.

He submitted that he could afford bail of R1 000. Van Zyl said the fact that he had sold his property around the same time as his arrest was a coincidence.

"I have one previous conviction of theft in 2005 and do not have any other pending matters," he also told the court.

The bail application continues.

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