First night in prison for Zephany Nurse kidnapper
The Lavender Hill woman was found guilty of kidnapping, fraud & contravening the Children's Act.
CAPE TOWN - The woman convicted of kidnapping Zephany Nurse has spent her first night in Pollsmoor Prison and awaits her sentencing, scheduled for late May.
She was yesterday found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act.
Western Cape Judge President John Hlope presided over her trial and ruled that the State witnesses were credible, while the Lavender Hill resident's evidence was riddled with lies.
The woman snatched Nurse when she was just an infant from her mother at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.
Before the start of proceedings, the accused was calm outside court and admitted to not being prepared for jail.
She told Eyewitness News she's going to miss the teenager who she had raised for 18 years.
"I don't want for Zephany to see me in jail."
A bag packed with medication was a clear indication she knew she would not be going home.
Following her conviction, a request for an extension of bail was flatly denied.
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In the public gallery, her family and friends shouted and cried as she blew them kisses before being led to the holding cell.
Defence attorney Reaz Khan said he would argue for a lighter prison sentence because his client had a serious heart condition that required surgery two years ago.
Hlophe hinted that the baby snatcher could face 10 years in jail
Sentencing proceedings will start on the 30 May.
'BIOLOGICAL FAMILY WAITING FOR ZEPHANY'
The conviction has been a bittersweet victory for the Zephany's biological family.
Relatives say the trial has only further alienated the girl from her real parents.
Zephany's grandmother Zephra says they will not focus on building a relationship with the teenager.
"Zephany knows we are there for her, we are not going to force her and we are waiting patiently."
Family members have told EWN that Zephany wants nothing to do with her biological family, as a result of the trial against the woman who she believed was her mother.
Members of the Nurse family says they'll give her time to come to terms with what has happened, adding their door will always be open if she wants them in her life.