AS IT HAPPENED: 'I would have recalled if she was standing stark naked,' Rohde tells prosecutor of his wife Susan

2018-06-04 09:44

Murder accused Jason Rohde has faced a tough day of cross examination in the Western Cape High Court over the death of his wife.

Jason Rohde is cross-examined during his trial for
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04 Jun 13:44

04 Jun 13:25

Prosecutor Louis Van Niekerk is a senior state advocate  

Appointed to the NPA in June 2002


04 Jun 13:01

Van Niekerk says he is done with cross-examination.  

Court adjourns as advocates address Judge Salie-Hlophe in chambers


04 Jun 13:00

04 Jun 12:59
When he woke up, #Rohde says Susan was sitting upright in bed, wearing a Spier gown. Can't recall if it was closed in the front.

04 Jun 12:59

04 Jun 12:58
I can't tell you if the gown was closed or open, says Rohde

04 Jun 12:56
Susan was wearing the Spier gown in the morning when she woke up, says Rohde

04 Jun 12:54

04 Jun 12:46
Defence says the lie is that Mr Daniels said he was "stoksielalleen".

04 Jun 12:46

04 Jun 12:44
Judge Salie-Hlophe says she is convinced that these questions are relevant to Rohde

04 Jun 12:43

Rohde says Daniels was caught in a lie  

You are under oath, says Rohde


04 Jun 12:32

Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe is hearing the case against Jason Rohde.  

She was appointed to the Bench in 2015.  

Graduated from UWC in 1994, admitted as an attorney in 1998.


04 Jun 12:31

04 Jun 12:06

04 Jun 12:06
Court adjourns until 12:30 to give Van Niekerk an opportunity to examine the gown

04 Jun 12:04
I don't recall thinking: Is she not breathing, says Rohde

04 Jun 12:03

04 Jun 12:02
He would be more shocked than embarrassed, says Rohde of how Daniels reacted

04 Jun 12:00

04 Jun 11:56
Holding her up with front part of body towards and against you? #Rohde says he was facing door area. Bath on his right, basins on his left. Gown would have covered her left shoulder? #Rohde: Her gown was on. I can only tell you what I saw,

04 Jun 11:54

04 Jun 11:52
Rohde says the pictures are wrong

04 Jun 11:52

04 Jun 11:49

The cord was not tight around her neck, as you would have us believe  

Your statement is a lie, asserts Van Niekerk


04 Jun 11:48

It simply can't be true that your version is correct that the cord was tight around her neck  

There would have been bruising, says Van Niekerk


04 Jun 11:45

04 Jun 11:43
A photo of Susan #Rohde's post mortem being shown. Van Niekerk points out lack of bruising around her neck. She bruised easily. Rohde agrees.

04 Jun 11:40

04 Jun 11:36
Rohde's defence objects, says the exhibit is poor

04 Jun 11:35
#Rohde maintains Mr Daniels didn't simply lift ithe cord from Susan's neck.

04 Jun 11:32

04 Jun 11:32

I'm not in a position to comment, says Rohde about the state of the knot  

"But you were there," says Van Niekerk


04 Jun 11:29
She was suspended on the cord. You can't deny that? #Rohde says he can't. LVN: Where is point of suspension? Either back of neck or side of neck, behind ear. We don't see clear marks on her neck or body. Difficulty is with tightness.

04 Jun 11:27

04 Jun 11:26
Photos shown of position in which Susan #Rohde was found based on accused's version. Relatively straight back, upper legs horizontal to floor. Knees angled more than 90 deg; feet sideways, pointing to basin. Rohde says she was in a crouching position, leaning forward.

04 Jun 11:26
LVN: You recall in minute detail how your wife prevented you from leaving the room when you wanted to go to Alterskye and the struggle - as if well rehearsed.

04 Jun 11:26

04 Jun 11:25
I'm not an engineer and not qualified to talk about knots and nooses, says Rohde

04 Jun 11:24

You put your wife behind the door; you placed the cord around her neck, says Van Niekerk  

That's absolutely untrue, Rohde counters


04 Jun 11:23

Van Niekerk doesn't buy Rohde's lack of memory  

"Your testimony sounds well-rehearsed"


04 Jun 11:22
Rohde says the details of the cord are unreasonable   "Why would I be studying the cord, the knot when I've just discovered my wife on the back of the door?" - Rohde

04 Jun 11:20

04 Jun 11:19
Van Niekerk takes Rohde through the way that Susan was found

04 Jun 11:17
Refers to how Daniels saw her being naked and held up by #Rohde. That was his testimony, that is correct, Rohde replies. "I removed the cord from her neck. It wasn't tight because I could remove it easily," Daniels testified.

04 Jun 11:15

04 Jun 10:56

04 Jun 10:55
Judge Salie-Hlophe grants an adjournment prior to examination of crime scene photographs

04 Jun 10:53

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