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Zephany Nurse case: ‘Accused hasn’t given any credible evidence'

The judge presiding over the trial says he has listened to how the accused has lied in court.

The accused in the Zephany Nurse trial makes her way to the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has told the court he has listened to how Zephany Nurse’s alleged kidnapper has lied in court.

Hlophe is presiding over the trial against the woman who allegedly snatched the three-day-old Zephany from her sleeping mother’s arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her which include kidnapping and fraud.

The State and defence counsels concluded their closing arguments at the Western Cape High Court today.

WATCH: Morne Nurse: Accused's husband 'an idiot' 

Hlophe said the accused had not given any credible evidence to the court as to how she got the baby.

He then told the court the 51-year-old lied, that she bought the baby for R3,000 without a receipt.

He also questioned how he can believe that a woman, only known as Sylvia, subsequently gave the accused a baby.

Defence attorney Riaz Khan says there is no evidence that proves beyond reasonable doubt that the accused snatched the baby.

But State prosecutor Evadne Kortje conceded that the accused maintained she thought she was adopting the infant from a young mother who did not want her child.

She added that the accused's version is riddled with contradictions, inconsistencies and improbabilities.

Judge Hlophe will hand down judgment tomorrow.

The accused looked pensive while listening to closing arguments from the State and the defence today.

WATCH: #ZephanyNurse: Accused pleads ‘not guilty’ 

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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