shocker! 12 years in hillside… 12 years in jail for emma!
Her character’s behind bars, but actress bertha le roux is enjoying her new life of leisure.
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t welve years in prison – that’s the sentence handed down to emma (bertha le roux) on wednesday 10 december when the judge (allen booi) finds her guilty of murdering her ex-husband rick (darren kelfkens) on thursday 23 october. shocked? so is emma and the rest of hillside, explains bertha. “she can’t even talk to her son thinus (ian roelfs) after the sentencing. she’s taken to the cell immediately and can only look back at the shocked faces family in court.” and just like that – emma leaves the laan for good.
what about thinus?
the following morning, on thursday 11 december, emma’s friends and colleagues in hillside are still trying to come to terms with their loved one’s fate. emma’s exfiancé marko (francois lensley) is in pieces. “marko was planning on winning emma’s heart back after the court case, but now that will never happen,” says francois.
adding insult to injury, five-year-old thinus is constantly asking marko where his mommy is. “emma tried to prepare thinus for the worst. she tried to get him to be excited about the prospect of maybe going to live with his grandma retha (marelise erwee) while emma’s away for ‘work’,” says bertha. “she also taped a video message for him, saying how much she loves him and how terribly sorry she is for everything that happened.” as thinus leaves with his gran, marko and the guys start to pack up emma’s flat and what’s left of her life.
marko blames himself
regret and blame are gnawing away at marko on tuesday 16 december. as he chats to his mates in oppiekoffie, he admits that he made a huge mistake when he didn’t want to buy a house with emma in july, as that was the start of their engagement falling apart.
“he blames himself. if he didn’t get cold feet, rick wouldn’t have come back, emma would’ve been safe with marko and he could’ve been a dad to thinus,” adds francois. but his character’s regrets won’t change anything. “all that marko has now is his business, stasie ses, and it’s going to take him a long time to get over this huge disappointment. it will be tough for another woman to fill emma’s place in his heart.”
emma’s opened a new chapter of a her life after the laan.
emma is hauled off to jail to serve