OVERVIEW: Jason Rohde sentenced to 20 years behind bars for murder, staged suicide of wife

2019-02-27 09:59

Businessman Jason Rohde has been sentenced in the Western Cape High Court for the murder of his wife Susan.

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27 Feb 10:58
Court adjourns.

27 Feb 10:52

27 Feb 10:52
 Judge wonders how Susan could not have considered her love for her children and other loved ones, and in turn their love for her.

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Judge turns to staging of suicide. She talks about his success in the property world and quotes estate agents: "You get one chance to make an impression and preparation is key... Staging is a key element in selling property." 

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 Judge: The injuries to her neck show clear grab and scratch marks, deep bruises under the skin with your thumb. Her rib had fractures from you applying pressure to her, probably with your knee. Her lung was injured and blood seeped in. You smothered her.

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Judge: You were her husband, the father of her children, you were supposed to protect her not to inflict harm on her.

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It has been 20 years or more since the Supreme Court of Appeal stated that women have the right to freely walk the streets, to enjoy the peace and tranquility of their homes without any fear.

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Judge turns to the interests of community. She says society is faced with high rates of crime and violence against women.

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Judge: On your financial position, your counsel argued that the life of luxury you are accustomed to ought to be considered as a mitigating factor.

"This is with a respect a preposterous and nonsensical proposition... We are all equal before the law."


27 Feb 10:31
Judge says that she had asked Jason on the stand: What does the absence of Susan mean to you? "You replied that you had not had time to grieve her death because you were fighting for your life." This contradicts caring nature your friends testified about. 

27 Feb 10:30
Judge mentions that Jason's response is indicative of his "selfish and self-serving manner" of perceiving his wife's death.

27 Feb 10:27
Judge: During the commission of these crimes, one love story trumped all others... yours of malignant self-love. You did not just take Susan's life, you completely disregarded the sanctity of her life, what it meant to her and others who cared about her.

27 Feb 10:26
Judge: She suffered in the last moments of her life, eventually succumbing to her death. The murder is excessive and exhibits horrifying aggression.

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Judge: Susan suffered in the last moments of her life. You left her to die, and you waited for her to die.

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Friends and family have testified that you never showed any signs of aggression. 

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27 Feb 10:22
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe: You appear before this court as a first offender.

27 Feb 10:21
Judge goes through Jason's personal circumstances and says he has been a successful businessman in the property world.

27 Feb 10:21
Both council were given opportunity to address me. They had addressed me in the submission in that regard.

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Judge: The court must have a measure of mercy and also think about retribution, prevention, deterrence and rehabilitation.

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Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe: "Punishment should fit the criminal as well as the crime."

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Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe arrives, proceedings are now under way.

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Waiting for the judge to arrive before proceedings get under way.

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27 Feb 10:00

Jason Rohde's fate to be revealed as murder trial draws to a close

Businessman Jason Rohde is expected to learn his fate on Wednesday when Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe sentences him for the murder of his wife Susan.

During closing arguments last week, the State said asked the court to impose more than the prescribed minimum of 15 years in jail for the murder, saying he betrayed his wife's trust and killed her in a violent and cold-blooded manner.

Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk proposed that the court impose a sentence of between 18 and 20 years for the murder. 


27 Feb 09:59

Judge mulls whether Jason Rohde should get more than the 15-year minimum jail term

The Western Cape High Court should sentence Jason Rohde to more than the minimum 15-year jail term because he betrayed his wife Susan's trust and killed her in a violent and cold-blooded manner, the State said on Wednesday.

During closing arguments, prosecutor Louis van Niekerk proposed that the court impose a sentence of between 18 and 20 years for the murder.

If the sentence for the murder is less than that, he believes the sentence for defeating the ends of justice, by staging a suicide, should not run concurrently.


27 Feb 09:59

Be lenient to my 'good, kind, loyal' son - Jason Rohde's mother asks court

After waxing lyrical about Jason Rohde's positive qualities, his mother Brenda asked the Western Cape High Court on Monday to be lenient when sentencing him for his wife's murder.

Brenda Rohde, who was called as a witness in mitigation of sentence, said her son could appear "aloof and standoffish" to a stranger, but had a "heart of gold".

She said he had been a very good son to her and her husband, who adopted Jason as his own when he was still young.

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