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Cape Town - Kyle Maspero, accused of murdering the mother of his girlfriend Phoenix Racing Cloud Theron, is to be sent for psychological evaluation at Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital.
Maspero appeared briefly in the Western Cape High Court on Monday and was expected to plead but the case was provisionally postponed to July 9 so he could undergo 30 days of evaluation. This will start as soon as a bed becomes available.
Maspero, 18, who is out on bail, is accused of having used a rope to strangle Rosemary Theron, a performance artist from Clovelly, in February last year.
Theron, 19, implicated Maspero when she pleaded guilty to her role in her mother’s murder and entered into a plea bargain with the State.
Theron told the court she had held her mother’s arms while Maspero strangled her after they had an argument.
She has been sentenced to an effective 15 years in jail.
Advocate William de Grass, for Maspero, told the court that his client was “failing to recollect material aspects of the offence” because of the protracted and heavy use of crystal methamphetamine for some time before the murder.
Maspero is expected to present his version when he pleads.
The case against Godfrey Scheepers, 20, was provisionally withdrawn on Monday.
Scheepers was accused of helping to move Rosemary Theron’s body and may be charged with being an accomplice.
The trio were arrested after Scheepers confessed to police in September.
Theron pretended to apologise for the argument and hugged her mother while Maspero allegedly sneaked up behind them and slipped a rope around her neck.
She claimed her mother had neglected her as a child and that she had to take care of her baby sister.
The couple allegedly buried the body near their home in Fish Hoek and Scheepers allegedly helped them move it. Her body was found near Strandfontein.