AS IT HAPPENED: 'Her nakedness struck me' - Witness descibes dead body in Rohde murder trial

2017-10-10 09:58

State witness Mark Thompson has delivered an account during a cross examination in the Western Cape High Court of the day murder accussed Jason Rohde's wife, Susan's body was found in the hotel room.

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Thompson cannot not recall the chain around Susan's neck which is evident in the photograph taken at the scene. 

Mihalik questions this.



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The State concludes Thompson's testimony.

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Thompson cannot explain why Susan is lying on a white robe in a picture taken at the crime scene.

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Thompson also heard Jason tell Susan's father that she was running and tripped. And then said "more like she slipped".

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Thompson was part of Sotheby's annual conference which was during the time of Susan's death. 

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First State witness Mark Thompson takes the stand, says he does not mind being recorded.

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Since the time the case was transferred in June, certain documents remain outstanding, says Advocate Pete Mihalik.

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The defence has requested working notes from experts, including blood analyst, of which some have been provided.

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Defence complained yesterday that the State did not hand over crucial documents it needs to prepare.

State to respond shortly, court adjourns for 5 minutes.


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The State has a total of 79 witnesses. 

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