AS IT HAPPENED: Susan #Rohde felt 'emotionally threatened', court hears

2017-11-09 10:17

Psychologist Jane Newcombe has continued to read through all the extracted text messages Susan Rohde had sent to murder accused Jason Rohde, to help her gain insight into their context.


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The night before her death, the two had apparently argued in the hotel (Spier) bar. Susan had apparently told him she knew he was having an affair.

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Psychologist says Jason Rohde and Susan went into fight/make up pattern, with less abusive language. Abusive language started again at Spier.

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In his plea explanation, Rohde was adamant that she committed suicide and that he did not stage her suicide.

He said Susan found out about the affair in 2016 and insisted on accompanying him to the annual conference, despite no other partners doing the same.

She knew that Alterskye would also be there. Her conduct vacillated between anger, resentment, desperation and sadness, he said in his plea explanation.

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Psych observes that in March clear sign in messages that Susan Rohde was tracking Jason.

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Susan Rohde starts directing vitriol to Jason, his rage grows. She's lost trust completely. Thinks name of man he said had coffee with is code for girlfriend. 

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Jason Rohde tells Susan: "I'm all yours Sue", "I love and desire you Sue", "I don't want a divorce". 

Psychologist says he is trying to show commitment.

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Susan Rohde's messages to Jason after discovering affair are to put the past into the context of the affair.

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After discovery of affair, Jason Rohde messages Susan: "I am sick and a liar. I am not disputing that Sue."

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Before she found out about girlfriend, Susan was already suspicious about Jason's card activity.

"On your children's life did you stay there" she asked.

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Rohde trial resumes with psychologist saying it was clear from messages between Jason and Susan they were abusive towards each other.

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Tea adjournment now in Rohde case.

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Defence lawyer Pete Mihalik yesterday accused Newcombe of negligence for not picking up that Susan was feeling suicidal.

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Mihalik sums up what he considers were all the warning signs of suicide, and accuses Newcombe of neglicence, incompetence, misdiagnosis.

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Newcombe says the talk Susan Rohde attended was not just on suicide. Says anti-depressants most commonly prescribed medication and important to know if people had "ordinary unhappiness" or "fatal illness".

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Newcombe previously testified that Susan had booked an appointment after she gave a talk to volunteer counsellors with Sandton police on suicide and depression.

She first saw Susan at her private practice on May 25, 2016.

The first session was usually for the psychologist and client to see if they are a good fit, she said.

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Mihalik going back to when Susan Rohde contacted Newcombe first. Newcombe expands on topic of the talk Susan had attended. 

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Judge says the whole submission, not just the ones Mihalik has singled out, may be important. Psych re-reads the Gandhi quote, and says tone changed between Jason and Susan in June. Could have been working on forgiveness and reconciliation.

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Psychologist says the Bob Marley quote is motivational, and the others were about emotions, not necessarily about suicide. Judge points out that there is also a lot about forgiveness.

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"Suicide squad" is an American movie based on several DC Comics characters. The film was released in 2016. 

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Susan Rohde also downloaded the theme song from the "Suicide Squad" 

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Psychologist asked to read out the words on the images. One is of Bob Marley, with the words:  "The truth is everyone is going to hurt you, you've just got to find the one who is worth suffering for."

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Defence is handing up a document of images downloaded from Susan Rohde's phone.

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Psychologist reading a series of "where are you", "call'', "why aren't you answering", and lots of pings and "answer bloody phone", "call f&*kface" from Susan Rohde to Jason. 

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Court starts.

Jason Rohde's lawyer advocate Pete Mihalik resumes extracts of messages Susan sent Jason. Such as: "I am going to go there and cut that bitch's face."

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Susan Rohde said she wanted to die - court hears

The wife of murder accused property boss Jason Rohde threatened that she felt like dying in the weeks leading up to her death, the Western Cape High Court heard on Wednesday.

"I don't really care anyway because I know for the whole 302 days you were with her," texted Susan to Jason in May 2016, after finding out in February that he was having an affair with Cape Town estate agent Jolene Alterskye.

She had discovered a Valentine's Day card from Alterskye in his suitcase, and according to the defence, became depressed and irrational in the months following, leading to her suicide on July 24, 2016.

The State alleges that he murdered her at Spier wine estate and staged a suicide. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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