Rosemary Theron worked as a professional clown and stilt-walker. She went missing in March and her body was found in September in a shallow grave in Strandfontein.
Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, her boyfriend Kyle Maspero and Godfrey Scheepers appeared in the Simonstown Magistrate’s Court last week on a charge of murdering the 39-year-old mother.
A friend of the mother described how Maspero “went everywhere” with Phoenix and even answered questions for her, the Sunday Argus reported.
Another family friend said Maspero began taking control of the family after he and Phoenix moved to Cape Town from Knysna in February.
Phoenix and Maspero also apparently married while the search was still on for her mother’s body.
Maspero was described as troubled young man who was addicted to tik and whose mother committed suicide.
Phoenix’s father Ivan Claassen told the Sunday Times that he didn’t know how his daughter could have murdered her mother, but suspects that she and her boyfriend were mixed up with drugs.
Theron, Maspero and Scheepers are due to appear in court again on 10 October.