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Zephany Nurse’s convicted kidnapper to remain behind bars

Sentencing proceedings for the woman found guilty of kidnapping Nurse in 1997 have been postponed.

Zephany Nurse’s kidnapper was found guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening the Children's Act. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Lavender Hill woman found guilty of snatching Zephany Nurse will remain behind bars in Pollsmoor Prison, despite reports she has health problems.

A three-day-old Zephany disappeared from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

Earlier this year, Judge John Hlophe found the woman guilty of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

Sentencing proceedings were meant to get underway in the Western Cape High Court today, but the matter has been postponed to August.

LISTEN: Zephany Nurse sentencing postponed to August

The woman looked unkempt and sombre as she entered the dock.

Dressed in a dark fleecy top, she stared straight ahead of her while the defence and the State discussed postponing sentencing proceedings to 1 August.

The State has subpoenaed 19-year-old Zephany Nurse to testify in aggravation of sentencing.

The convicted kidnapper managed a faint smile while family and friends shouted they loved her from the packed public gallery.

Her husband, and the man who raised Nurse as his own, ran out of court and down the road while attempting to shake off photographers.

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