Spier murder victim's husband arrested

By Hilda Van Dyk
23 August 2016

Susan Rohde's husband has been arrested in connection with her killing.

Susan Rohde's husband has been arrested.

According to reports, Sotheby's CEO Jason Rohde was taken into custody in front of his three daughters by eight armed policemen in their Johannesburg home at 6.30 this morning.

Rohde's laywer Daniel Witz confirmed his arrest to YOU.

Susan (47) was found dead on 24 July in a hotel room on Spier wine estate, close to Stellenbosch.

According to Witz, the property mogul had agreed to hand himself over to police last week if he was a suspect. "Despite the agreement, the police still went ahead and did what they wanted to," Witz told YOU.

At this point, it's unclear what the charge against Rohde is. "It will probably be murder," said Witz.

The tragedy occurred when the couple attended an annual Sotheby’s conference on Saturday 23 July and were due to fly back to Johannesburg on the Sunday.

Initially it was believed that Susan had committed suicide.

According to EWN, Rohde claims his wife got up before he did that morning and went to the bathroom to get ready.

But when he later woke up, he says he was unable to open the bathroom door and called hotel workers for help.

Susan was found hanging from the back of the door with a cord around her neck.

Spokesperson for the police Captain Frederick van Wyk said the initial suicide inquest was commuted to a murder investigation on 4 August after the postmortem.

Netwerk24 previously reported that Susan was “strangled with bare hands.”

According to Rapport, the couple had fallen out over Jason’s alleged extra marital affair before her death.

Arrangements for Rohde's first court appearance is being made with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). It was not clear if he'll appear in court today.

More on this story:

‘We miss you already’: Daughter of Spier murder victim posts heartrending video tribute

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Woman’s ‘suicide’ in lavish Stellenbosch hotel now a murder case

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