AS IT HAPPENED: Pathologist testifies in the #Rohde trial

2017-11-30 09:51

The chief pathologist once again testified in the Western Cape High Court in the ongoing trial of property mogul Jason Rohde, accused of murdering his wife Susan.


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30 Nov 14:42
Judge adjourns Rohde trial to Monday.

30 Nov 12:56

30 Nov 12:28
#Rohde trial adjourns so that defence can rearrange its papers. Judge also wants to see lawyers in chambers. Back after lunch.

30 Nov 12:27
Pathologist Abrahams reads section of the Inquest Act to #Rohde defence which says it is in the doctor's discretion to take histology. Says State did nothing wrong.

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Dr Abrahams complains that she does not understand what the relevance of Van der Spuy's questioning is. State found "without a doubt" Susan died of manual strangulation. Says she and defence disagree on interpretation of autopsy process literature.

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#Rohde trial resumes after tea.

30 Nov 11:16
#Rohde trial adjourns for tea. Sate pathologist repeats that they have no doubt that the cause of death for Susan #Rohde was manual strangulation.

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30 Nov 10:59
Defence's VD Spuy says by not doing histology on Susan #Rohde's neck and ligature mark, valuable independent evidence lost (on whether she was hanged or strangled). Dr Abrahams says the private pathologist arranged by Jason's legal team did not do one either.

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Dr Abrahams said that her colleague Dr Akmal Coetzee-Khan had asked for the door of the room at the #Rohde's suite at Spier wine farm to be examined to see if the hook could take Susan's weight. He also wanted the ligature examined.

30 Nov 10:40


In the witness stand is Dr Deidre Abrahams, who is the chief pathologist in charge of the Western Cape government's Winelands and West Coast regions.

She supports the findings of State pathologist Dr Akmal Coetzee-Khan - that Susan suffered blunt force trauma to her ribs and that she had a lung contusion, before she died of manual strangulation.

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Van der Spuy holds up a drug kit that Abrahams was asked to bring him. She points out that the one he has is not the same as the one used for Susan #Rohde because dept is using slightly different looking one now.

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Pathologist denies that they did anything wrong during the first processes in Susan #Rohde's autopsy. They did their first processes without causing any damage to Susan's neck.

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Dr Abrahams says she was present for the external examination of Susan #Rohde's body, and her autopsy.

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30 Nov 10:07

Pathologists battle it out in Rohde murder trial

The pathologist who conducted a second autopsy on Susan Rohde, at the request of her husband’s legal team, omitted or missed vital information that pointed to manual strangulation, the Western Cape High Court heard.

30 Nov 10:07

Defence in Rohde case draws on death of Steve Biko in 'paid' autopsy argument

One of the defence lawyers in property mogul Jason Rohde's murder trial drew on the death of Black Consciousness icon Steve Biko to illustrate his view on the importance of a second autopsy if a cause of death is disputed.

"The history of this country – the so-called dark ages before the 1990s – is peppered with miscarriages of justice," Advocate Graham Van der Spuy said in the Western Cape High Court.

He was cross-examining Paarl chief state pathologist Dr Deidre Abrahams, who oversaw the autopsy on Rohde's wife Susan. The autopsy was conducted by Abrahams' junior Dr Akmal Coetzee-Khan.

30 Nov 10:07

Rohde trial postponed to give pathologist time to read through medical research

The Western Cape High Court trial of property mogul Jason Rohde, accused of murdering his wife Susan, was postponed to give the State’s pathologist an opportunity to read through medical research.

Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe postponed the trial after she was informed that Paarl chief pathologist Dr Deidre Abrahams needed time to read through screeds of academic literature, which includes more than 180 pages of documents.

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