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Suspected mastermind behind Amy'Leigh De Jager kidnapping enters plea deal

Last year, De Jager was snatched from her mother's car in front of her Vanderbijlpark school.

FILE: Tharina Human is accused of being the mastermind behind the kidnapping of a 6-year-old girl from her Vanderbijlpark school. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The lawyer for the suspected mastermind behind the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy'Leigh De Jager said on Tuesday that Tharina Human entered a plea agreement with the State.

Human made a brief appearance in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court earlier on Tuesday, alongside her three co-accused, Pieter van Zyl, Bofokeng Molemohi and Laetitia Nel.

Last year, De Jager was snatched from her mother's car in front of her Vanderbijlpark school.

She was kept hostage for 19 hours before being abandoned near an informal settlement.

Human's lawyer David Mey: "The matter was set done for trial this whole week and towards the end of last week, I entered into a plea and sentencing agreement with the State. We've reached an agreement for plea and sentence. When we arrived at court, [the lawyer] on behalf of accused number two indicated that he is also willing to plead guilty."

The abductors demanded a R2 million ransom from De Jager's parents but the money was never handed over.

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