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No evidence Zephany kidnapper violated bail condition - officer

The Nurse family allege that the kidnapper was in contact with Zephany while out on bail.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Hawks officer who investigated Zephany Nurse's kidnapping has dismissed allegations the woman convicted of abducting her violated one of her bail conditions.

Sentencing proceedings against the Lavender Hill resident wrapped up in the Western Cape High Court today.

The 52-year-old was found guilty, earlier this year, of snatching Zephany from her sleeping mother's arms at Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.

The State asked investigating officer Mike Barkhuizen whether there was evidence that the convicted kidnapper violated her bail conditions last year.

He told the court he could not prove this.

The Nurse family alleges the teenager turned on them because she was in contact with a woman she thought was her mother for nearly 18 years.

Despite Barkhuizen's admission, there's no evidence to show they were in contact.

The teenager's biological family maintains the woman convicted of kidnapping their child had a role to play in their deteriorating relationship with Zephany.

The case resumes for closing arguments next week.

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