A Nigerian man and his girlfriend who allegedly roped in an accomplice to snatch a three-month-old baby girl off her mother’s back so they could use the child in their drug-dealing activities will go on trial in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Friday.
Nigerian citizen Kingsley Nnadi, 33, his girlfriend Jabulile Masombuka, 23, and Thapelo Derick Mthapo face charges of kidnapping, child abuse, child exploitation, child trafficking and drug dealing. The state alleges Nnadi and Masombuka had planned for a baby to be stolen so they could use the child in their drug dealings and had enticed Mthapo to assist them.
On January 30, 2014, Mthapo and another person allegedly stopped their car in front of a woman whose three-month-old baby was on her back. They allegedly forcefully removed the baby from the woman’s back and drove away with her.
Nnadi and his girlfriend then kept the kidnapped child in their flat. Masombuka was arrested in Brakpan with the child less than a month later after the illicit drug methcathinone (Cat) was found hidden in the child’s clothing and on her body.
The state’s case is that the three accused acted with a common purpose to kidnap a child for use in their drug dealings. It is also alleged that the couple abused her by subjecting the child to behaviour that could have harmed her psychologically and emotionally.
The trial was yesterday postponed until Friday for a possible plea bargain agreement with some of the accused.