Phoenix Theron (19) has confessed to the premeditated murder of her mother, Rosemary Theron (39). She has implicated Kyle Maspero (18), her lover, who is currently on bail in Knysna. She has confirmed the admittance by Godfrey Scheepers (20), a friend, that he had helped Kyle move the body.
The Weekend Argus reports that she cried as her attorney read her statement which related a broken childhood involving sexual abuse, drugs, abortion and more. She claims Kyle was the instigator and that his persuasive argument was her fear for the future her younger sister would inherit. She has agreed to testify against him.
She has been sentenced to 20 years with 5 years suspended if she is not involved in another violent crime. Some may consider this a lighter sentence for confession and for the court believing the childhood she had related.
It has been a crime that captured the attention of the Western Cape but none more so than in Knysna where all involved lived prior to the murder in Cape Town. From High School to prison, from carefree living to death, it’s a tragedy that has disturbed this writer. I will likely attempt to purge it with more detailed blogging.
Kyle and Godfrey are to appear in court on May 23.