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#ZephanyNurse: Case postponed to tomorrow

It’s understood depositions have not yet been finalised, so the state has asked for a postponement.

The woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse is being covered by her supporters immediately and bundled her in a car after her court appearance on 6 March 2015 in Cape Town. Picture:Monique Mortlock/EWN
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CAPE TOWN – The case against a Lavender Hill woman charged with kidnapping a baby almost 19 years ago has been postponed in the Western Cape High Court.

It’s believed court proceedings started late today as the judge who was meant to preside over proceedings is ill.

Many journalists and family members, having been at court since early this morning, were disappointed by the delay.

Judge President John Hlophe handled today’s brief proceedings.

It’s understood depositions have also not yet been finalised, so the state has asked that the case be postponed to tomorrow.

The state says it has to finalise a lengthy list of submissions with defence.

It intends calling seven witnesses. 

The defence will call two.

Hlophe says the trial should not take longer than a week.

The accused will tomorrow plead to three charges relating to the snatching of the infant in 1997.

Zephany Nurse, as she’s become known, disappeared from the facility after a woman offered to hold her while her mother was recovering after a Caesarian section.

The biological family of Zephany, may now be a step closer to finding the answers behind their daughter’s kidnapping.
She was reunited with her biological parents, Morne and Celeste Nurse, a little over a year ago. 

The alleged kidnapper has had to adhere to a court order barring her from seeing the teenager whom she raised, until the trial is over.

The woman's identity may not be revealed to protect the name with which Zephany has grown up.

(Edited by Tamsin Wort and Shimoney Regter)

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