Child kidnapping masterminds to plead guilty

2020-Sep-16   04:16

Child kidnapping masterminds to plead guilty
The alleged mastermind in the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy-Leigh de Jager, Tharina Human, has entered into a plea bargain and sentence with the state.
Source: Alaister Russell/The Sunday Times

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The alleged mastermind in the kidnapping of six-year-old Amy-Leigh de Jager, Tharina Human, has entered into a plea bargain and sentence with the state.

This was revealed by her legal representative on Tuesday when Human and her three co-accused appeared at the Palm Ridge Magistrate Court.

Human and co-accused Laetitia Nel will on Thursday plead guilty to charges against them. Human, Nel, Pieter van Zyl and Bofokeng Molemohi are charged with last year’s kidnapping of de Jager outside her school in Vanderbijlpark as her mother was dropping her off. The six-year-old was found wandering the streets in the middle of the night after the kidnappers released her.

It's still unknown how the other two will plead when they return to court on Thursday.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson, Lumka Mahanjana, said the accused still have the right to change their minds on whether to work with the state or not.

“The matter has been postponed to negotiate with the accused number three and four. You know until the matter is heard in court I cannot confirm 100% that the accused will be working with the state, they can still get some advise and change their minds,” she said.

The case was postponed to Thursday.

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