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Zephany Nurse: Kidnapper slammed for not admitting to crime

Zephany Nurse's parents testified that the kidnapper has never admitted to stealing the infant.

The Nurse family arrives at the Western Cape High Court for the sentencing proceedings of a Lavender Hill woman convicted if kidnapping Zephany Nurse in 1997. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Witnesses testifying during sentencing proceedings for the woman who kidnapped Zephany Nurse say she has never confessed.

Earlier this year, the Lavender Hill woman was convicted of snatching the three-day-old baby at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

The 19-year-old was reunited with her biological family last year after a chance meeting with her biological sister at high school.

Zephany Nurse's biological parents and a clinical psychologist have one statement in common.

They have all testified the 52-year-old has never admitted to stealing the infant.

Yesterday, while testifying, Morne Nurse became visibly irritated when he looked at the woman who kidnapped his daughter and raised her as her own.

He told her he can never forgive her. Nurse also asked her to come clean and tell the truth.

Offering no response, the woman flicked her head and stared at the ceiling.

NO LEAKING OF ZEPHANY TESTIMONY

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape said there will be serious consequences for anybody who leaks information about Zephany Nurse's testimony.

The 19-year-old testified in camera in the Western Cape High Court yesterday. The State called her to testify in aggravation of sentence.

The NPA's Eric Ntabazalila said: "There was an indication by the State that due to the sensitivity of the testimony, we should apply for that case to be held in camera. We did make the application and it was granted."

The Centre for Child Law has issued a statement saying the judge has ordered nobody will be allowed to reveal any details of the testimony that was held behind closed doors.

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