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Cape Town - A little over a year since the murder of Clovelly performance artist Rosemary Theron, tragedy struck the family again when Theron’s sister died last week.
The news comes during the trial of Theron’s daughter, Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, 19, and boyfriend Kyle Maspero, 18, who stand accused of her murder in February last year.
The family has now been left distraught with the loss of the slain woman’s sister, Angelique Holt, 35, who committed suicide on Sunday. Messages of support from friends and relatives poured on to a tribute Facebook page dedicated to Theron’s memory.
Close family friend Richard Kraak confirmed Holt’s death, saying she had “not been coping well” since her sister first disappeared, and it was subsequent discovered that she’d been strangled to death, allegedly at the behest of her own child.
“The nature of her sister’s murder and events since then, including the possible release of Kyle Maspero on bail, disturbed her in the extreme,” said Kraak.
It is alleged that after Theron left her Clovelly home in Fish Hoek following a heated argument with her daughter, Phoenix and Maspero, while high on drugs, plotted to kill her. On her return, Phoenix then went up to her mother, apologised and while she hugged her, Maspero strangled her with a rope, it is alleged.
The details of the murder came to light after a confession last September by their friend and third accused in the case, Godfrey Scheepers, 20. The trio was later arrested.
Scheepers is alleged to have helped the pair move Theron’s body from a field near her home and rebury it in a shallow grave along Baden Powell Drive.
While the couple remain in custody, Scheepers is on bail.
This week the bail matter in the Simon’s Town Magistrate’s Court was postponed to Monday, after magistrate Crystal McKenna fell ill, Maspero’s lawyer, William de Grass, told Weekend Argus.
He added that judgment in the bail application was pending, while additional information requested by McKenna was provided by the Correctional Services Department.
Kraak said friends of Holt had urged her to seek professional help as they saw the emotional strain she’d taken over the past year.
“She told me she wished she could have been there more for Rosemary and her children. She regretted enormously that she was not able to spend time with her beloved sister for a while before Rosy’s death,” he said.
Kraak went on to describe Holt as a kind and generous person.
“Our hearts go out to her family and especially her mother, who’s been ill and in and out of hospital following Rosemary’s death, and now has to cope with both her daughters’ demise.”
Holt’s funeral, he added, would be a “private affair”. He would not disclose any details.
Holt’s husband, Eugene, said his wife, who worked as a waitress, had been angry last Sunday when a computer was stolen from their home at the Oude Molen Eco Village.
After he and friends attempted to calm her, he’d gone out for a cigarette. He returned to find her dead.
Holt leaves her husband and three sons.