#ZephanyNurse case: Defence for accused set to prove her innocence

The state has called 9 witnesses as it set out to prove the accused kidnapped Zephany in April 1997.

Zephany Nurse's biological father, Morne, arrives at the Western Cape High Court on 25 February 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The defence for a woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse will now set out to prove she did not snatch the child from Groote Schuur hospital in 1997.

The state yesterday concluded its case against the woman.

The Lavender Hill woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, fraud and contravenin g the children's act, claiming she was led to believe she was adopting a baby legally.

The state has called nine witnesses as it set out to prove the accused kidnapped Zephany in April 1997 and raised her as her own.

The final state witness was Hawks' warrant officer Petro Coetzee.

He testified that they could not find any record of the accused giving birth to a baby girl at the maternity clinic on 30 April as she had initially claimed.

In her plea explanation submitted this week, the accused claimed she thought she was legally adopting the baby through a woman known only as Sylvia.

The accused also denied registering the child's birth at Home Affairs six years later.

Home Affairs officials could not also verify who registered the birth certificate.