Murder accused Rohde back in court

2016-09-23 05:42
Jason Rohde in court (File, Jenna Etheridge, News24)

Jason Rohde in court (File, Jenna Etheridge, News24)

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Johannesburg - Real estate executive Jason Rohde is expected back in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court on Friday on a charge of killing his wife Susan.

He is accused of killing her in their hotel room at the upmarket Spier Wine Farm on July 24.

He was released on bail of R100 000 in August, on condition that he provide a R1 million surety guarantee by September 14.

The father of three said he found her dead in the bathroom of their room. The multi-millionaire couple had been attending a Sotheby's annual conference.

Initially thought to be a suicide, an inquest docket was opened, until the post-mortem indicated foul play might have been involved.

Rohde, the CEO of Geffen International Realty Franchises, commissioned pathological and forensic reports after police opened a murder docket. According to these reports, Susan, 47, committed suicide.

News24 previously reported that Rohde told his lawyer Daniel Witz that he and his wife woke up together that Sunday morning. According to him, she had gone into the bathroom and he fell asleep.

When he woke later to prepare for a breakfast talk he was to give, he was unable to open the bathroom door, Witz said.

Hotel maintenance was called to help, and Susan was found hanged in the bathroom.

According to the pathologists, her time of death was 05:40 that morning.

Witz previously dismissed as irrelevant reports that the two had had an argument at the hotel's bar the night before. Susan allegedly publicly told Rohde she knew he was having an affair.

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