Sentencing proceedings in Zephany Nurse kidnapping case to continue

The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)
The girl just after she was born. (Netwerk24)

Cape Town - Sentencing proceedings in the case of the woman convicted of kidnapping Zephany Nurse from Groote Schuur Hospital 19 years ago will continue in the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

On Monday the court heard that she felt that she was the primary victim in the case. 

The kidnapper, who may not be named as it may lead to the victim being identified, believed she was unfairly and wrongly convicted, clinical psychologist Mark Steyn testified during sentencing proceedings.

He had met with the Steenberg woman on 13 occasions to assess her mental and psychological health.

"[The accused] was of the opinion that she had not committed an offence," he testified.

"She could not accept her conviction and feels she was guilty of raising her, but not stealing her."

The woman held the view that she was not guilty of causing harm to any person.

On March 10, Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe convicted the woman of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act. She maintained in her testimony that she had not been at Groote Schuur Hospital on the day Nurse was kidnapped in 1997.

The woman was arrested in February 2015 after the teen's true identity came to light when the girl's biological sister Cassidy, who is four years younger, told her parents that a girl in matric at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her parents.

DNA tests later confirmed the teenager was Zephany.

The kidnapper, however, said she got the baby from a woman called Sylvia, who had been giving her fertility treatment in 1997 after she had miscarried.

Sylvia apparently arranged for the baby to be handed to her at the Wynberg train station without her prior knowledge, she claimed.

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