Hippie child gets 20 years for mom killing

2014-05-03 14:06

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Cape Town - A teenager who helped her boyfriend kill her mother was sentenced to 20 years' jail by the Western Cape High Court, Beeld reported on Saturday.

Judge Robert Henney on Friday accepted 19-year-old Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron's plea bargain with the State and sentenced her to 20 years, five of which were suspended for five years.

She admitted that she helped her boyfriend, Kyle Maspero, strangle her mother Rosemary, 39, with a rope in her home in Fish Hoek on 7 March 2013.

In mitigation of sentencing she told the court that she spent the first three years of her life travelling through SA with her parents, selling marionettes, attending hippie gatherings, and using drugs.

Rosemary Theron abandoned her daughter when she was 5 to go to South America. She returned pregnant a few years later and performed as a clown and fire dancer at parties.

From the age of 6 Phoenix Theron was sexually assaulted by a friend of her father's and her grandmother's boyfriend.

She had to steal food as her mother often did not provide any, was in several primary schools and received home schooling. She had an abortion a week before the murder, and suffered from depression.

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