The accused in the Zephany Nurse kidnapping case has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars.
The 52-year-old was sentenced in the Western Cape High Court today for snatching the then three-day-old infant from her sleeping mother’s arms at the Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997.
The three-day-old was snatched from her hospital bedside on April 30, 1997. After an almost two-decade search for their daughter, the Nurses found her when their second-born started high school at the same school as her and pupils remarked on their similarities.
The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) were called in to investigate, and after DNA tests were done, it was confirmed Zephany was indeed the Nurses’ missing daughter.
Celeste Nurse was the first state witness to testify in aggravation of sentence. The petite and soft-spoken mother then described the emotional turmoil she suffered after her firstborn child was kidnapped. She said she would put a picture inside Zephany’s cot and talk to her.
The accused has been behind bars since her conviction in March this year and is not allowed to have any contact with Zephany.