Zephany key witness dies



October 6, 2016
Zephany key witness dies

PASSED: Shireen Piet

Baby snatching trial's key witness suffered two massive heart attacks.

The woman who helped put Zephany Nurse’s snatcher behind bars has died.

Shireen Piet, who was a key witness in the much publicised kidnapping trial, died on Monday; she suffered “two massive heart attacks”.

Shireen testified in the Western Cape High Court against the 52-year-old Lavender Hill child snatcher.

She was in the same ward as Celeste Nurse after giving birth on April 28, 1997.

During her testimony Shireen told the court the woman, who cannot be named to protect Zephany’s identity, tried to take her child also.

Shireen said she saw the woman at Groote Schuur Hospital over two days.

On the day of Zephany’s kidnapping, Shireen says she made a phone call and returned to the ward find to the woman with her baby outside the ward.

Several years later Shireen pointed the snatcher out in an identity parade.

A family friend confirmed that she had passed away on Monday.

“She wasn’t sick, she had two massive heart attacks then she died.

“She always spoke to me about the trial and how it affected her,” the woman said.

Shireen’s family was not ready to comment.

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