WATCH | 'Kidnapper teacher's' dad breaks down, apologises for Amy'Leigh's snatching

2019-09-09 17:14
Tharina Human appeared alongside Pieter Jacobus van Zyl and Laetitia Nel in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Monday for the kidnapping Amy'Leigh de Jager. (Sharlene Rood, News24)

Tharina Human appeared alongside Pieter Jacobus van Zyl and Laetitia Nel in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Monday for the kidnapping Amy'Leigh de Jager. (Sharlene Rood, News24)

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Riaan Botha whose daughter, Tharina Human, is accused of orchestrating the kidnapping of 7-year-old Amy'Leigh de Jager broke down outside court on Monday.

Three people, including suspended Laerskool Kollegepark Grade RR teacher Human and a close friend of the De Jager family, appeared in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court on Monday for Amy'Leigh's kidnapping.

Her co-accused are Pieter Jacobus van Zyl, 50, and Laetitia Nel, 40. 

The three appeared before Magistrate Hussain Kotha in a crowded Court B, where family members and friends had gathered since before 09:00. 

Accused's father in tears

Amy'Leigh's parents, Wynand and Angeline de Jager, sat next to each other as the accused were brought into court. 

The three are charged with kidnapping. 

Outside court, Botha broke into tears, apologising to the school, teachers and pupils for the trauma allegedly caused by his daughter. 

The kidnapping

On September 2, four men snatched Amy'Leigh from her mother's car at Laerskool Kollegepark in Vanderbijlpark at around 07:40 and drove off in a white Toyota Fortuner, News24 previously reported.

After initially demanding a R2m ransom, her kidnappers abandoned their plan and dropped her off between 02:00 and 02:30 on Tuesday in a street close to The Shakespeare Inn in Vanderbijlpark.

On Thursday, police confirmed three arrests, among them Human. 

Read more on:    amy'leigh de jager  |  johannesburg  |  crime
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