AS IT HAPPENED: Overlooked injuries in second autopsy - Jason Rohde murder trial

2017-10-16 09:58

The trial of Jason Rohde, accused of murdering his wife, Susan, has been postponed at the Western Cape High Court to allow the defence time to consult experts, concerning two conflicting autopsy reports.

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Judge postpones matter to Wednesday 1:30 for cross-examination of Khan.

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Advocate Peter Mihalik says he needs time to discuss with his experts until Wednesday.

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Khan: The injuries to knuckles, legs can also be from altercation. This does, however, not explain injuries to her neck.

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Khan: the injuries on Susan's eye we usually find in a direct confrontation.

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Khan: Rohde says his arm connected with her, but he doesn't say where so it is difficult to say if the injuries correspond.

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Judge asks Khan if injuries correspond with that of a confrontation.

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Khan: It would depend if the condition was verified by a doctor. The tissue at thigh can damage much easier than other tissue.

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Conflicting autopsy reports show different causes for Susan Rohde's death

The battle between two pathologists in Jason Rohde's murder trial heated up in the Western Cape High Court on Thursday after their autopsy reports for his wife showed stark differences.

The State's forensic pathologist, Dr Asmal Khan, concluded that Susan died as a result of a lack of oxygen after manual strangulation and smothering.

He testified about her injuries as the State's second witness on Thursday.

Graphic photos from the post-mortem exam were used to show these injuries to Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe.

Part of his testimony included that Rohde "staged her suicide" but allegedly got it wrong because he did not know what he was doing.

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