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Defence finds discrepancies - Zephany Nurse case

CAPE TOWN - The defence lawyer representing the woman accused of abducting Zephany Nurse has found discrepancies in two affidavits presented by a State witness.

A Lavender Hill woman is accused of kidnapping, fraud and contravening sections of the Children's Act.

She yesterday pleaded not guilty to all three charges in the Western Cape High Court.

The State today called "Mrs Piet" as its fourth witness to testify.

The woman gave birth to a baby at Groote Schuur Hospital on the same day Zephany Nurse was born.

Piet gave her first affidavit, describing a suspicious person in the maternity ward after Zephany vanished from Groote Schuur Hospital.

The second affidavit was given last year after identifying the Lavender Hill woman in an ID parade.

But after defence lawyer Riaz Khan cross-examined Piet, the descriptions in the two sworn statements detailing the suspect didn't match up.

It was also pointed out that biological father, Morne Nurse, had sent a photo of the accused to Piet ahead of last year’s ID parade.

Piet says he was still conducting his own investigation into his daughter's disappearance in 1997.

However, she is adamant she saw the accused at the hospital on the day the girl disappeared.

The defence claims this influenced the witness, because she saw the accused in the photo before the ID parade was conducted.

She claims she met a pregnant woman who always held babies in the maternity ward.

The State witness has recalled how she ended a phone call in order fetch her child from the woman who was walking near a staircase.

Piet says a few days later, she heard a man crying loudly in the ward and when she approached him, she learned his baby was stolen.

Read more about this case: Woman accused of stealing baby Zephany Nurse appears in Cape High Court

SOURCE: http://ewn.co.za/2016/02/24/ZephanyNurse-case-Defence-finds-discrepancies