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Zephany Nurse case: Investigating officer expected to testify

Top Western Cape investigating officer Mike Barkhuizen will this morning testify on how he cracked the case.

Celeste Nurse leaves the Western Cape High Court after the woman who kidnapped her biological daughter Zephany was found guilty on 10 March 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The investigating officer responsible for arresting Zephany Nurse's kidnapper is expected to take the witness stand in the Western Cape High Court this morning.

Sentencing proceedings will resume for the 52-year-old Lavender Hill woman, convicted of snatching 3-day-old Nurse in 1997.

She was arrested in February last year and has been convicted of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

Top Western Cape investigating officer Mike Barkhuizen will this morning testify on how he cracked the case.

Barkhuizen, who is near retirement, did not attend the Lavender Hill woman's trial earlier this year due to health issues.

Earlier this week, 19-year-old Zephany testified in camera and no details of her testimony may be revealed publicly.

The teen's biological parents, Morne and Celeste Nurse, as well as a clinical psychologist have also taken the witness stand in aggravation and mitigation of sentence.

Barkhuizen will be the final witness to testify ahead of the state and defence teams having to make heads of argument next week.

NO LEAKING OF ZEPHANY TESTIMONY

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

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.