AS IT HAPPENED: Defence grills psychologist in #Rohde murder trial

2017-11-07 10:09

The murder trial of property mogul Jason Rohde has continued in the Western Cape High Court where clinical psychologist Jane Newcombe shared Susan Rohde's clinical diary with the court.


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It was previously reported that a marriage counsellor who was seeing Jason and Susan felt she could be a suicide risk.

Jason Rohde, in his affidavit, said the counsellor's report stated on two occasions that Susan could be a suicide risk and should seek immediate counselling and help.

He said the State was in possession of this report, as well as other documents pointing towards his wife's death being self-inflicted.

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The couple have three daughters - an 18-year-old and twins who are 16.

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Psych said none of her patients committed suicide before. About 10 attempted. Most had personality disorders with impulsivity.

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Defence's point seems to be that the psychologist took what Susan Rohde told her about her relationship with her kids, at face value.

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Defence now going over Susan Rohde's relationship with her 3 children who she spoke about with concern, love.

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Psychologist grilled on whether anxious person could commit suicide. Psychologist says if anxiety tips into depression it is possible.

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Mihalik asks psychologist to confirm that Susan Rohde sought her out after she gave a talk on suicide and depression.

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Susan was not a mouse, she came from background of volatile arguments, so could speak up.

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Psychologist felt that Susan Rohde could be emotional, but had the ability to pull back and think her way out of the emotion.

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Susan Rohde did not think couple's therapy was working. Psychologist encouraged her to speak up and be heard.

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Valentine's Day card gave away Rohde's illicit affair

A Valentine's Day card hidden in murder-accused Jason Rohde's suitcase turned his wife Susan's life upside down, her psychologist testified at the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday.

"I found that my husband Jason was having an affair with Jolene, 35, in Cape Town," Susan wrote in a personal history form her psychologist Jane Newcombe asked her to fill in.

She said the card from Jolene Alterskye was discovered in a suitcase and it had affected her badly, especially since it had started in June 2015.

"I am currently battling to cope with that," said Susan Rohde.

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Relationship between Jason and Susan Rohde was always loving and then it became distant. Friends didn't believe he was having affair.

Susan Rohde said she couldn't see what the attraction was (to Jolene).

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Susan Rohde told her psychologist she thought Jason was her soulmate.

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After school she went to US to study but found it difficult to fit in. 16 when she arrived. Majored in Psychology, Sociology.

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Susan Rohde wanted help managing her emotions - her life was turned upside down by affair. 

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According to previous reports, the relationship allegedly started in October 2015, shortly after Alterskye sold Rohde a flat on the Atlantic Seaboard.

Susan Rohde reportedly found out about the affair early in 2016 and confronted her husband. He allegedly promised to end it.

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Susan Rohde told psychologist her husband Jason started an affair June 2015.

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