- Amy'Leigh de Jager's kidnapping horrified the nation when the 6-year-old was snatched outside on her school in full view of parents, teachers and classmates
- Now, the family can move forward from the ordeal after the four responsible for the act were sentenced on Thursday
- Each of the suspects, including the teacher who had a close bond with the child's parents, received a minimum of five years in prison
Four people have been found guilty of involvement in the controversial kidnapping of Amy'Leigh de Jager in Vanderbijlpark last year.
Each of the accused, Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter Jacobus van Zyl and Bafokeng Molemohi, had entered into plea and sentence agreements with the State.
The Gauteng High Court sitting saw all four convicted of both kidnapping and attempted extortion for their role in the crime that dominated headlines.
News24 reported that Human, the 27-year-old teacher believed to have planned the crime, was handed a ten-year sentence while Van Zyl was sentenced to eight years.
Molemohi was given a seven-year sentence while an emotional Nel had been handed the shortest sentence at five years.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the teacher nabbed for the kidnapping of Amy'Leigh de Jager was allegedly using drugs, and owed money to dealers.
A man claiming to be the teacher's father had sent a message to one of the 6-year-old's family members, adamant that his daughter had been behind the entire ordeal:
"I just wanted to tell you, so that you don't hear it from someone else - the mastermind behind the kidnapping of that little girl (Amy'Leigh) was my child. She organised the entire thing with the others, but she was the mastermind."
“A white oom and a black oom with dreadlocks” is how the Grade R pupil described the men who held her captive, only to abandon her later in Heroult Street.
Hendrik Brandt, 25, and Savannah Kriel, 22 had been walking home from a pub in the early hours of the morning when they had found the child, rushing her to the nearest police station where she was reunited with her frantic parents.
Amy'Leigh's mother, Angeline, had reportedly been a close friend with the 27-year-old teacher who had gone as far as asking for donations for flowers and a hamper for the child's parents after her disappearance.
The three suspects are set to appear in the Vanderbijlpark Magistrate's Court later today.
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