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Zephany Nurse case: NPA to push for jail time

The woman faces kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children’s Act.

FILE: The accused in the Zephany Nurse trial makes her way from the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape says it will be pushing for jail time for the woman accused of kidnapping Zephany Nurse.

The State has concluded its cross examination of the Lavender Hill woman accused of kidnapping Zephany from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

The woman faces kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

Dressed in white, the accused appeared unmoved in the dock when Zephany's family supporters heckled from the public gallery.

Not even Judge John Hlophe, occasionally shaking his head, deterred her from her story that she thought she was embarking on a legal adoption of the three-day-old baby.

But the NPA's Eric Ntabazalila says the State will be pushing for a custodial sentence, which means time behind bars for the accused kidnapper.

"I haven't spoken to the prosecutor on what sentence we'll be looking at but we'll ask for a custodian sentence."

Ntabazalila adds this case may set a precedent as the world has honed in on the story of the girl who was reunited with her biological parents after almost 18 years.

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