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Prosecution in Zephany Nurse case confident of prosecution

Western Cape Judge President John Hlope says the evidence against the accused is overwhelming.

The Lavender Hill woman accused of snatching Zephany Nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997 covers her face as she leaves court on 24 July 2015. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.
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CAPE TOWN – The prosecution against a woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse says there is enough evidence to convict her. 

The state and the defence today concluded closing argument in the Western Cape High Court. 

The Lavender Hill woman will tomorrow hear judgment on charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act. 

Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe says the evidence against the accused is overwhelming.

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

The State has argued the Lavender Hill resident's behaviour was indicative of someone who stole a child when she did not come clean about the alleged adoption at the time of her arrest.

The prosecution adds three witnesses testified a suspicious woman posed as a nurse at Groote Schuur Hospital on the day the baby was snatched.

One witness identified the woman as the accused.

Defence advocate Reaz Khan has argued there's insufficient evidence to prove his client kidnapped the child from the hospital when she was three days old.

At the same time, Zephany's biological father says they are relieved that the trial is almost over.

Morne Nurse spoke outside court.

“We are quite happy as a family and we will have to wait for judgment.”

Meanwhile, the accused's husband says he'll stand by his wife regardless of the outcome of tomorrow's judgment. 

Her husband, who may not be identified to protect the girl's identity, says he will stay strong for his wife's sake.

“I’m not prepared for a guilty… It would devastate us; my daughter and my wife. It will break up our happy family, it would really destroy us.” 

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)


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