AS IT HAPPENED: Defence, State pathologist disagree over ligature marks on Susan Rohde's body

2017-11-21 10:11

In an exchange in the Western Cape High Court over marks found on the back of Susan Rohde's neck, Jason Rohde's defence and State pathologist Akmal Coetzee-Khan remain in disagreement over the cause of ligature marks.


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21 Nov 14:17
Prosecutor says got some emails today, lunch too short to print them but will organise for Wednesday (November 22). Trial adjourned to Wednesday.

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Judge suggests they all start at 09:00 on Wednesday to accommodate everyone. Judge says will let other judge know that CK will be late for other case on Wednesday.

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CK given bundle of pics taken at second autopsy of Susan Rohde by Dr Perumal at Doves in Johannesburg on 1 August 2016. Bit of a to-do over the pics because Van der Spuy initially just said look at pic and comment when asked. CK did now know origin or context.

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A colleague of murder-accused Jason Rohde tried to resuscitate his wife Susan at the Spier Wine Farm.

He felt he could not let Rohde and everyone else down so he carried on performing CPR for 30 to 45 minutes.

Thompson got excited when blood came out of her nose because he thought her heart was pumping again.

The defence believes that the injuries sustained on Susan's body may have been caused by the CPR performed. 

21 Nov 13:49
Defence now again discussing CPR-related injuries. CK confirms he is trained to look out for that. 

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State pathologist Dr Akmal Coetzee-Khan is still on the stand. (Jenni Evans, News24)

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Court shown close up of the ligature mark and defence and pathologist thrashing out details of colour and texture on Susan's neck.

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21 Nov 12:43

Defence asking about neck and jaw injuries present on Susan Rohde. Wonder whether this might have been caused at resuscitation by Jason's colleague Mark Thompson, and Jason.

Apparently resusc injuries are common when done by lay people.

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Coetzee-Khan says soft ligatures like scarves do not leave this leathery look. 

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Next to the slides projected on the wall is the door from the Rohde suite at Spier. Defence asking about Susan's ligature marks on her neck.

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Susan Rohde's body was washed and bathed twice before it was sent to Dr Perumal for a private autopsy.

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Here is a list of injuries that were previously submitted to court by independent forensic pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal:

The report allegedly showed that there were several old and new injuries on Susan Rohde’s body.

Injuries in the process of healing:

- A bruise of 26cm x 16cm on her right thigh

- A bruise of 7.5cm x 4.8cm on her left thigh.

- Also "many healing bruises on her lower limbs".

New injuries:

- Left shoulder

- Left side of her brow

- Below and behind her right ear

- On a finger and knuckle of her left hand

- Left wrist

- Left forearm 

- Toe on her left foot

- Neck, jaw and chin

- A deep new bruise on her tongue

- Ribs 2 to 5 on her left side, ribs 3 to 6 on her right side, and part of her breast bone also broken.

21 Nov 12:15

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Shown pic of Susan Rohde lying on terra cotta tiled-floor of bathroom at Spier, gown pulled up, legs exposed. Also close up of left eye abrasion.

21 Nov 12:05

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Susan had one of those bleeders you get in nail on left side of big toe and a cut on another toe from falling into the flower bed during confrontations between her and Jason at Spier.

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State pathologist now asked to look at private pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal's report.

Going to cut lights for slide show. Jason Rohde moves out of dock to allow for slides to be projected on wall behind dock.

21 Nov 11:57

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We are back to the hyoid bone and that it can be fractured in manual strangulation, and hanging.

21 Nov 11:47

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After the adjournment, the pathologist says that Jason Rohde own lack of injuries does not make sense to him.

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21 Nov 10:56
The pathologist is asked to comment on what he heard regarding the fight and the injuries he found on Susan.

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In morning Susan Rohde woke Jason up and said: "Your whore has sent me a message."

Jason told Susan he's "through with this" and wanted out of the marriage. She got up and went to the bathroom.

21 Nov 10:52

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He eventually got to room of Jolene and her friend. Jolene not there. Susan still screaming at Jason. Wearing only gown. Huge scene.

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We have heard that a huge fight started between Jason and Susan Rohde when she caught him in the bathroom trying to text Jolene Alterskye. He tried to delete and she "went ballistic"

21 Nov 10:40

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