Jason Rohde's murder trial transferred to High Court

2017-07-25 12:20
Jason Rohde in court. (News24)

Jason Rohde in court. (News24)

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Cape Town - The case of Jason Rohde, accused of killing his wife Susan, was on Tuesday transferred to the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town.

A pre-trial is scheduled for August 18. The trial will begin on October 9 this year, Netwerk24 reported.

He has been charged with murder and obstructing the course of justice.

The indictment, along with details of the case, were handed over in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Tuesday to Rohde and his legal team, which consists of Advocate Ross McKernan and instructing attorney, Daniel Witz.

At Rohde’s last appearance on June 30, Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk said the police investigation had been completed.

Susan's body was found in the bathroom of their hotel room on the Spier estate outside Stellenbosch on July 24, 2016.

The couple were there for Sotheby's International Realty SA's annual conference. Rohde was then Sotheby's CEO in South Africa.

The police initially opened an inquest.

The post-mortem was done on July 27 and the inquest was changed to a murder investigation on August 4.

Rohde was arrested on August 23 at his house in Bryanston, Johannesburg. He appeared on charges of murder for the first time in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court two days later.

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