Four people accused of involvement in the kidnapping of Amy’Leigh de Jager in Vanderbijlpark in September last year have each received jail sentences of at least five years.

The four accused – Tharina Human, Laetitia Nel, Pieter Jacobus van Zyl and Bafokeng Molemohi – entered into plea and sentence agreements with the State in the Gauteng High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Thursday.

They were convicted of kidnapping and attempted extortion.

Human, said to be the mastermind, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, while van Zyl has received an 8-year term. Molemohi has been handed a seven-year prison sentence, while Nel has received the shortest term of five years.

Before proceedings started, Nel wept as she entered the courtroom

Human, 27, the Grade RR teacher is accused of masterminding the kidnapping. News24 previously reported that four men snatched Amy’Leigh from her mother’s car at Laerskool Kollegepark and drove off in a white Toyota Fortuner. Police launched a manhunt while her distraught parents waited at the Vanderbijlpark Police Station for any news.

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Amy’Leigh was dropped off by her kidnappers between 02:00 and 02:30 on 3 September in a street close to The Shakespeare Inn in Vanderbijlpark. The kidnappers initially demanding R2 million for her release. A man and a woman took her to the police station where she was reunited with her parents.

Human, 27, was a close friend of the De Jager family and Amy’Leigh’s younger brother’s Grade RR teacher. She allegedly orchestrated the kidnapping to pay a debt to drug dealers, News24 previously reported.

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