Friends of strangled performing artist want justice

2015-11-16 16:50
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Cape Town - Friends of strangled performer Rosemary Theron were disappointed on Monday that justice had not yet been served on her killer.

Kyle Maspero appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court for sentencing but the matter was postponed because the judge was not available.

Maspero, out on bail, was asked to return on December 8. He was seen in the dock with bags under his eyes and a permanent frown.

Close friend Michelle Searle said they were heartbroken.

"We need to be able to move on, know justice has been served and that he's packed away from society," she said of the postponement.

Maspero recently pleaded guilty to helping to kill Theron, 39, in her Clovelly home on March 7 2013.

Her daughter, Maspero's ex-girlfriend, Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, was already serving an effective 15 years in jail in terms of a plea agreement.

The courtroom on Monday morning was filled with the artist's friends and family.

Professional clown Mark Shelton said he was friends with Theron for about 20 years and introduced her to the profession.

He described her as a "quintessential artist" who expressed love and creativity through her work.

"She was a puppeteer, a poet, a dancer and a clown. She brought joy to children and loved her children. She was also a shoemaker and made up a tough pair of shoes that lasted me for about 20 years."

Safra Levin was part of a group that searched "day and night" for their missing friend for six months. Her body had been buried in a shallow grave.

Speaking outside court, she said: "It's been hard and challenging. There has been a lot of love, support and care, including for Phoenix. We have stood together. You realise how tenuous life actually is."

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