AS IT HAPPENED: Counsellor corrected 'was suicidal' statement to 'could be suicidal' - #Rohde trial

2017-11-13 09:40

A marriage counsellor, who was seeing real estate executive and murder-accused Jason Rohde and his wife Susan, has taken the stand in the trial underway in the Western Cape High Court.


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Mihalik says he has no more questions for Nader.

State has no re-examination. Nader excused.

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Dr LPP was the defence's expert and when she met Nader, assured her it was a professional discussion on her thoughts regarding Susan and Jason.

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Dr Larissa Panieri-Peter is a specialist forensic psychiatrist located in Cape Town.

She deals with psycho-legal assessments concerning both criminal and civil cases.

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Rohde trial resumes with defence advocate Pete Mihalik introducing himself. 

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The Rohde psychologist thought Susan and Jason were mirroring their childhoods.

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Earlier, Nader said Susan said Jason's mother was controlling and Jason had been rebellious and didn't like being controlled, he had good relationship with his stepdad, adopted between 5 &7.

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Susan Rohde insisted on going to Spier conference. Nader did not think it a good idea. Jason stormed out, then later Susan stormed out.

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Later in May, psychologist not convinced Susan is not suicidal, but did not raise it again because she felt Susan would be insulted, since she had already brushed it off before.

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But by May 22 session, Susan and Jason were fighting again. Jason said Susan felt insecure and had called him 47 times one day.  Jason said he was sorry he ever met Susan. 

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Nader noted that the couple did not listen to each other. Susan became more agitated when Jason Rohde was going to travel.

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Susan Rohde said she felt traumatised, but it was only towards end of sessions that Nader looked at major depression disorder symptoms.

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Susan Rohde complained during sessions that she was feeling depressed.

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Nader said there were times when Susan Rohde felt she could have been a better wife, she could have done things differently.

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Nader asked Susan Rohde if she was suicidal, and she said no, she would never do that to her children. Nader suggested Susan visit a psychiatrist, she said no. 

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Over 4 sessions Nader's role was to reconcile, improve conflict and resolution skills and assist Susan and Jason Rohde to move to stronger relationship. 

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State hands up intake information form, client contract signed between Susan and Jason Rohde on 29 February 2016, private report of 18 August 2016.

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We hear Nader's credentials. She is in 6th year of private practice as private counsellor. Worked with Liberty for 20 years before that. 

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Susan Rohde had told her psychologist, Jane Newcombe, that she became so distressed during couple's therapy with a different counsellor, that the counsellor wanted to have her admitted to hospital to be treated possibly for anxiety and distress.

Newcombe diagnosed her with anxiety and previously told the court that at no time did she feel that Susan was at risk of suicide.

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Rohde case back in court

The murder case of property boss Jason Rohde will continue in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

In a previous sitting, the court heard how Susan Rohde threatened that she felt like dying in the weeks leading up to her death.

Susan was found hanging from the back of her bathroom door in a Cape Town hotel. The couple attended a Lew Geffen Sotheby's International Realtors conference at the time.

Susan had earlier discovered that Jason was having an affair with Cape Town estate agent Jolene Alterskye. Alterskye was also at the conference and Susan met her briefly.

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