Kidnappers who took girl, 6, from mother’s arms at South African school, originally picked up brother
Kidnappers who took a six-year-old girl from mother's arms at South African school originally seized her brother, five, but changed her mind and took the girl, the court hears
- The daughter of the Powerboat racer, Amy-Leigh de Jager, was pulled out of school
- She was taken from her mother's neighborhood of Johannesburg, but was then found to be safe
- Police believe the kidnappers first tried to seize her five-year-old brother, Jayden
- It is thought that the abduction was made so that ransom of £ 110,000 could be demanded
A gang of kidnappers who grabbed a South African schoolgirl from her mother's arms originally tried to grab her five-year-old brother, a court heard.
Amy-Leigh de Jager was taken from the arms of her mother Angeline outside her school near Johannesburg on the morning of 2 September.
The police believe that the young person was taken to collect a ransom of £ 110,000 to pay off a drug debt.
The daughter of powerboat racer Wynand de Jager, the six-year-old, was finally rescued after her abductors were shocked by the media and left her on a street corner in Vanderbijlpark, close to where she was taken.
Tharina Human (left) Laetitia Nel (center) and Pieter Jacobus van Zyl (right) arrived today at the court of Vanderbijlpark Magistrates & # 39; for a bail
Amy-Leigh de Jager with her brother Jayden. Police said kidnappers who took Amy-Leigh first tried to catch her brothers and sisters
Tharina Human (right), a Johannesburg teacher, is accused of coming up with a plot to kidnap girlfriend Angeline de Jager's six-year-old daughter (left) from her class to collect a £ 110,000 ransom
School teacher Tharina Human, 27, Laetitia Nel, 40, and Pieter Jacobus van Zyl, 50, have been accused of kidnapping, but it is not clear which authorities think their role is in the incident.
During a bail hearing today, investigating officer, Constable Clayton Motloung, told the court that a suspect who is still free may have tried to get hold of the five-year-old boy, but left him and kidnapped Amy-Leigh instead before abducting him a white Toyota Fortuner fled in.
The police are still hunting four men who reportedly carried out the abduction.
Motloung also said that the alleged kidnappers plan was originally to take Human, before they decided to grab her eight-year-old daughter, reports in the local media.
Eventually the suspects changed their mind and decided to take, according to Amy-Leigh News 24.
Allegedly Human shook her head and had a smile on her face while Motloung turned to the court.
Teacher Tharina Human arrives in court today with her two co-guilty parties. She is accused of kidnapping her friend's daughter outside of her own school
Amy-Leigh (left), the daughter of racer Wynand de Jager (second left) was snatched from her mother Angeline de Jager (right). It was said of her brother Jayden (front center) that she was first grabbed by the gang before they switched to his sister
Amy-Leigh (right) was sent back to Angeline (left) the day after apparently kidnappers were shocked by the amount of media coverage and abandoned the girl in the street near a pub
But when the accused first arrived at the school, they grabbed Amy-Leigh's brother, Jayden, five.
Motloung told the court: “There were four – the original plan was to kidnap one (man) by accusing two (Nel) and three (Van Zyl) so that the family could come from the accused one (man) bail her out. & # 39;
It is not made clear what the police think was the role of Nel and Jacobus van Zyl in the kidnapping.
Reports in South Africa also showed that shortly after Amy-Leigh was abducted earlier this month, Human sent a series of WhatsApp voice notes to parents who said their children were safe, but that & # 39; sickos & # 39; goods.
She also asked for money for & # 39; flowers and a basket & # 39; for Amy-Leigh's parents.
Human was arrested at midnight on September 4, the day after Amy-Leigh was left on a corner of the street at 2:00 am by a couple who had just left a cafe and walked to a nearby police station.
This is supposed to be the room where Amy-Leigh was held for 19 hours by four men who kidnapped her – who stay free – before she was dumped on the street
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