AS IT HAPPENED: 'Did I kill her? Yes. Did I murder her? No' - says Jason Rohde in his defence

2018-05-31 09:59

Murder accused Jason Rohde will face a second day of cross examination in the Western Cape High Court over the death of his wife.

Murder accused Jason Rohde testifies during his tr
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31 May 12:41

31 May 12:40
Court adjourns until Monday June 4 at 09:30

31 May 12:38

31 May 12:36
Prosecutor wants to know why Susan would get physical with him if she had succeeded in getting her husband to return to the room. Jason: "Susan had a volatile temper. She had just caught me with my mistress. She was absolutely furious"

31 May 12:36

31 May 12:34
Prosecutor now talks about when Jason returns with Susan to their hotel room, or "the lion's den"

31 May 12:33

31 May 12:33

It doesn't make sense that you fled from your wife and now you go back, says Van Niekerk  

It doesn't matter whether it makes sense or not, that's what happened, Rohde counters


31 May 12:32
Jason's lawyer said he "eventually got up and left". Jason: "Maybe he meant I hesitantly got up. I am not sure." Prosecutor says he was there and must tell court what went through his mind

31 May 12:32

31 May 12:28
Jason says he recalls those hotel doors were opened with key card. He asks prosecutor how it is possible on his version for someone to get in without a card.

31 May 12:28

31 May 12:24
Prosecutor: "You had an emotional breather. You are now there sitting on the bed, it's good to see Jolene again". Jason: "I hadn't got rid of my wife because she was in the direct vicinity. She was standing in the door shouting".

31 May 12:23

31 May 12:23
Susan was standing at the door shouting at me to leave, says Rhode

31 May 12:21
Prosecutor asks if he will accept testimony of someone in the room that they were sitting and drinking wine. Jason says he didn't see alcohol in the room or people drinking.

31 May 12:21

31 May 12:21
Prosecutor turns to his brother-in-law's testimony that Susan never gave up and was a fighter. He says he thus finds it difficult to believe that she would commit suicide.

31 May 12:17

31 May 12:17
The State says that Jason meant what he said by those words... "In a moment of weakness you spoke the truth. You did kill her". Jason: That is a very broad assumption to make. But it's not the truth.

31 May 12:17

31 May 12:16

In a moment of weakness, you spoke the truth. You did kill her, says Van Niekerk  

"That's a very broad statement to make.  

"Did I kill her? Yes. Did I murder her? No," says Rohde


31 May 12:13

31 May 12:13
Jason: The family's mixed emotions were completely fueled by my father-in-law being indicated that I was culpable of Susan's death? "If that was my daughter, I would react exactly the same. But that's not the point."

31 May 12:13

Rohde accuses the police of telling his father-in-law that he was responsible for Susan's death  

"He was led to believe that I was responsible" - Rohde


31 May 12:11

Rodhe questions Van Niekerk: How did my father-in-law know Mr Daniels' story?

Do you know your family had mixed emotions? Says Van Niekerk  


31 May 12:09

31 May 12:09
Susan's suicide came as a shock to me and the whole family, says Rohde

31 May 12:08
Jason says police told his family he was culpable of murder and that is why his father-in-law was checking the bathroom door and mechanism. Jason: "Where did that come from? This is an hour after he arrives. How is it possible?"

31 May 12:07

31 May 12:05
Jason reveals he has been to Spier two or three times before over the years. "It is a very nice place". Says the staff have always been very professional.

31 May 12:04

31 May 12:03
Jason: "The State needs to ask how much investigation they did to look at both sides of the story."

31 May 12:02

31 May 12:02

The police have to do their job properly, says Rohde  

Says he was relieved when the police contacted him


31 May 12:01
Jason says he got into bed and went to sleep. Prosecutor: "And we must believe that?" Jason says he is telling the court what happened.

31 May 11:57

Cellphone interference in court  

People requested to switch off cellphones


31 May 11:55

Van Niekerk not hiding the fact that he doesn't believe Rohde  

I'm telling you what happened, whether you believe it or not, says Rohde


31 May 11:53
Prosecutor: You testified that you wanted to get out the room because she would argue for hours. You expected that. "Now she got you back. What period of time are you talking that you left room and returned?" Jason says no idea.

31 May 11:53
Jason says maybe his wife was also exhausted after their fight. "It had been an emotional evening". She caught me back with my mistress. It had to end some time of the night. She also had to sleep."

31 May 11:52

31 May 11:50
I can't remember whether it was a single or a double cord, says Rohde

31 May 11:44
Cord was tight, not very tight, says Rohde

31 May 11:42

Back in session  

Rohde says that he can't remember how many times the cord was wrapped around Susan's neck


31 May 11:27
Short adjournment

31 May 11:25
Rohde looks a bit rattled by this line of questioning

31 May 11:23

Rhode demonstrates how he moved Susan out of the way  

Van Niekerk says it took force


31 May 11:21

When you throttle somebody, you grab their throat, says Rohde, denying he throttled Susan  

Van Niekerk doesn't buy it  

"You gently put your hands on her neck?"


31 May 11:18

Why would you grab somebody at the throat?  

"It was a way to move her" – Rohde


31 May 11:17

You were in a position to take by the shoulders and move her away, says Van Niekerk  

She was volatile, Rohde counters

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