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Tue May 24 13:54:50 SAST 2016

Zephany Nurse’s kidnapper is convicted

TMG Digital | 10 March, 2016 11:28
The woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse leaves the Cape Town Magistrate's Court with her husband.
Image by: ADRIAN DE KOCK

The woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse as a baby has been found guilty by the Cape Town High Court‚ which derided her version of events as a “fairytale”.

The woman‚ 51‚ admitted to misleading her husband and her family into believing that child was hers but denied stealing the baby from hospital.

In her plea explanation she detailed her numerous attempts to conceive‚ a number of miscarriages and her desperation to adopt a child.

She said a woman she knew as “Sylvia” had given her the child had told her that “a young girl was not interested in keeping her baby and want give her up for adoption”. She said she paid Sylvia R3‚000 for the adoption and fertility treatment.

The woman was arrested on February 26 last year after DNA tests had shown she was not Zephany’s biological mother. She was barred from seeing her.

Zephany was reunited with her biological parents‚ Celeste and Morne Nurse‚ last year after her sister‚ Cassidy‚ had enrolled at Zephany’s school and their similarity led to an investigation. The state claims the woman snatched Zephany from Groote Schuur Hospital on April 30‚ 1997.

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