AS IT HAPPENED: Second autopsy inconsistent with initial post mortem report, court hears in Rohde trial

2017-10-12 10:13

During the trial of murder-accused Jason Rohde, forensic pathologist Dr Akmal Coetzee-Khan has told the Western Cape High Court that the second autospy findings by Dr Reggie Perumal comes across as "misleading, subjective" and "make no sense".

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Judge postpones trial until Monday. Khan will return then for testimony. Rohde's bail extended.

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Defence says long postponement not needed as State can call other witnesses. But State says sequence of witnesses is important.

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Khan: Perumal doesn't mention haemorrhages on heart or blood in stomach and small intestines.

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Khan: Perumal missed haemorrhage in the brain.

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Khan: Perumal lists abrasions but doesn't give causes. Is it related to ligature, fingernails or manual strangulation?

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Defence objects and says Khan is not an electric cord expert. 

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Khan says Dr Perumal either didn't examine the lividity or deliberately left it out.

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Khan: Perumal says death "consistent with ligature strangulation", but doesn't say if consistent with hanging or general.

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Khan: Perumal does not say if "ligature impression" was caused before or after death.

"Seems very non-specific". 


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Jason Rohde 'staged wife's suicide wrong' - pathologist

Suspicious findings from a Spier Hotel room and Susan Rohde's body suggested a more sinister and calculated death than the suicide that her husband claimed he found, the Western Cape High Court heard on Thursday.

This version of events emerged as forensic pathologist Dr Akmal Khan, the State's second witness, testified in the murder trial of Jason Rohde.

He has pleaded not guilty to murder and defeating/obstructing the ends of justice by "staging" a suicide and providing police with false information.

Khan had dealt with close to 100 suicide hanging cases.


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Khan's post mortem testimony is concluded. 

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Khan: Susan tested negative for drugs of abuse.

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Khan says abrasion to body indicates dragging against rough surfaces. Hotel bedroom floor made of quite rough surface. 

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"The features of the ligature imprint abrasion mark are consistent with post-mortem application to the neck"

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Khan points out two healing bruises on thighs. This indicates blunt force trauma around 7 days before her death.

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Khan thinks Susan coughed up blood and then swallowed it.

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Khan: Bruise on left wrist usually seen with defensive injuries & protecting oneself.

Blunt force trauma to chest wall. 


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Khan says CPR could theoretically fracture ribs, but the haemorrhages to side of chest wall are atypical of CPR.

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