On Monday the woman who snatched baby Zephany Nurse reiterated her claim that she was not at Groote Schuur Hospital on the day of the kidnapping in 1997. The woman was accused of snatching baby Zephany Nurse while her mother lay sleeping,
Before the disappearance of the infant’, she had last been to the hospital in Observatory in 199. After her then-husband severely assaulted her, and also later for gynaecological problems, the 51-year-old accused told the Western Cape High Court.
Raez Khan her lawyer, was questioning her. She may not be named to protect the teenager’s identity, said Khan. Khan said that “she is on trial on charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravention of the Children’s Act, to which she has pleaded not guilty”.
She told Judge John Hlophe that she next visited the facility on May 12, 1997, when her sister gave birth. She said she had taken baby Zephany along with her on that day.
The Lavender Hill woman criticised the evidence of State witness Shireen Piet.
Last week Piet testified that the woman was in the maternity ward on the day Zephany Nurse was snatched. Piet described the suspect as “having blonde hair with grey streaks”.
The Photos supplied of her in the months before and after the kidnapping showed her hair was dark.
Shireen had pointed the woman out in the accused’s box. She also testified that she tried to steal her own newborn baby girl hours before Zephany’s disappearance.
The 51-year-old denied this, saying the first time she saw Piet was at an ID parade last year. Piet had definitively pointed her out from a group of 11 women after five minutes.
The 51-year old accused testified that she met a woman called Sylvia in Tygerberg Hospital after suffering a miscarriage in December 1996. Sylvia said she helped those with fertility problems, and could arrange adoptions.
Seventeen years later…
The 51-year-old accused testified that she paid the R800 deposit for the medication to help her conceive. Sylvia asked her if she would be open to adoption, after it did not work, .
In April, an unknown woman told the accused that Sylvia had sent her to hand over the baby, during a planned meeting at Wynberg Train Station. The 51-year-old said that no agreement was made for a baby to be given to her.
Despite her having previously told Sylvia she wanted to meet the baby’s mother and have all the child’s documents.
Sylvia previously told her the young mother did not want the child,while she thought something was amiss, . She told the court “I never saw Sylvia again and the child’s birth certificate arrived by mail at my home six years later”.
It was discovered that the baby was Zephany, who was abducted three days after birth, seventeen years later,.
The 51-year-old woman was arrested in February 2015. The matter came to light when the girl’s biological sister, who is four years younger, told her parents that a matric girl at her school bore a striking resemblance to her and her parents.
When the parents discovered the girl had the same birthday as the day their child disappeared, they reported it to police.After the DNA tests confirmed the teen was indeed their daughter.