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Accused in Zephany Nurse case found guilty on all 3 charges

Judge John Hlope handed down judgment in the Western Cape High Court today.

The woman who raised Zephany as her own arrives Western Cape High Court on the second day of her trial. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A 51-year-old woman from Lavender Hill, accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997, has been found guilty.

#ZephanyNurse Biological parents Morne & Celeste Nurse sitting huddled together in court where the media sits. They have been sobbing. GG

Judge John Hlophe handed down judgment in the Western Cape High Court a short while ago.

#ZephanyNurse Hlope: your story os a fairytale. SF

Hlope refused her bail extension.

#ZephanyNurse Bail extension refused accused taken to jail. SF pic.twitter.com/W6WnD4no2B

The woman will remain behind bars until her sentencing on 30 May.

WATCH: Zephany Nurse: Justice after 19 years

NO FAULT WITH EVIDENCE

Hlope said he found no reason to reject the evidence presented by witnesses.

#ZephanyNurse Hlope says evidence by home affairs officials was clear. SF

#ZephanyNurse Hlope says no reason Mary Lewis would lie before court about not fetching her at hospital on day. SF

#ZephanyNurse Hlope: their evidence was straightforward. No doubt that their evidence is trustworthy. SF

Hlope also made reference to a state witness, known only as Mrs Piet, who said the woman also tried to snatch her child on the day Zephany disappeared.

#ZephanyNurse Accused was in close proximity with Mrs Piet. No reason she wouldn't remember her says Hlope. SF

#ZephanyNurse Hlope: I accept Mrs Piet's evidence. You attempted to steal her child as well. SF

Earlier, the Lavender Hill woman told Eyewitness News she was prepared for anything.

"Whatever the judgment will be today, whether it's guilty or not, I trust in the Lord and we all prayed last night. The Lord must take over in the case."

WATCH: #ZephanyNurse: Accused pleads 'not guilty'

She is accused of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

#ZephanyNurse The Nurse couple is emotional. The accused is relaxed. Speaking to accused earlier - she said she's relieved secret is out.GG

The 51-year-old was on maternity leave at the time of the kidnapping in April 1997. The woman said she was led to believe she was legally adopting Zephany.

She claimed a woman, known only as Sylvia, allegedly helped her with the adoption process.

#ZephanyNurse Hlope says accused mentioned nothing about an adoption when cops approached her the first time. SF

#ZephanyNurse Hlophe tells the accused she missed a golden opportunity to tell the truth. GG

#ZephanyNurse Hlope says accused couldn't produce any details about Sylvia, neither could she produce receipts etc. SF

#ZephanyNurse Hlophe tells accused the story would've been a simple one to tell. GG

FINDING ZEPHANY

Celeste and Morne Nurse's prayers were answered when one of their children started high school last year and befriended a matriculant who bared a striking resemble to the daughter they lost.

The curious parents then contacted police and DNA tests were conducted.

It's understood that the sisters connected instantly.

The prosecution said the accused befriended Zephany's biological mother in hospital and convinced her to hand over her crying baby so that she could get some sleep.

It's understood the teenager does not have a relationship with her biological family and still lives with the man she thought was her father.

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