AS IT HAPPENED: #Rohde trial postponed until early next year

2017-12-05 10:23

The murder trial of property mogul Jason Rohde has been postponed until February 5, 2018, as witnesses from Melbourne are said to testify via CCTV in the Western Cape High Court.

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05 Dec 11:47

05 Dec 11:43
Jason #Rohde will be allowed to go to Plett until his trail resumes in Feb

05 Dec 11:39
#Rohde prosecutor asks that in terms of CPA can witnesses Mark Holmes and Mr Anthony Gilpert-Warrior (sp) testify via CCTV instead of coming from Australia to save costs. Judge grants it

05 Dec 11:36
Security guard Mabeta steps down. Now Prosecutor says witnesses need to come from Melbourne to court in Feb.

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05 Dec 11:26
Defence adv Pete Mihalik cross examining Mabeta now. Reads from Mabeta's statement. Says that Mabeta stated that whenever the lady in the white gown would touch the man, he would push her away.

05 Dec 11:23
Mabeta did not see where they went but later went past room 221, the Rohde's suite, and reported that their door was open. All this happened after he had tapped in his security device at 3.23.45 on morning of July 24

05 Dec 11:22
Mabeta says he could tell it was an argument by their facial expressions #Rohde

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05 Dec 11:15
Mabeta confirms on an aerial shot what his patrol route was at Spier, and where he confirmed with a "bloodhound" device that he had been to various locations on his route

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05 Dec 11:09
Kwanele Mabeta is the next witness to take the stand. (Jenni Evans, News24)

05 Dec 11:03
The court is adjourning for a short period so that Dr Abrahams can clear her documents. The other witness, a security guard, will be brought in

05 Dec 11:02
Defence says Abrahams made "vexatious" findings. She says she is a scientist who makes observations. She is finally excused and steps down

05 Dec 11:00
Defence says Abrahams' standard response is to "trot out" the same reply that Susan #Rohde was manually strangled

05 Dec 10:59

05 Dec 10:51
#Rohde defence says Abrahams just slammed Dr Perumal who did the private autopsy on Susan's body. Perumal concluded that Susan died by hanging. Abrahams says she is justified in pointing out discrepancies to the court

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05 Dec 10:39
Van der Spuy accuses pathology team of setting out to get conviction of Jason #Rohde, and that they regard everybody else as wrong. Abrahams denies this and lists all the procedures they did during autopsy

05 Dec 10:36
The #Rohde trial resumes. Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe gives defence adv Van der Spuy a deadline - by tea time - to wrap his cross examination on Susan's autopsy.

05 Dec 10:27

05 Dec 10:27

Pathologist insists Susan Rohde was strangled

Susan Rohde was strangled and smothered and would have been "overcome" quickly, the Western Cape High Court heard.

Dr Dierdre Abrahams, the chief pathologist who oversaw the autopsy conducted on Susan’s body, was testifying in the trial of Susan’s husband, Jason, who is accused of her murder.


05 Dec 10:27

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.

In the witness stand was Dr Deidre Abrahams, the Western Cape government’s chief of forensic pathology based in Paarl.

Abrahams effectively tore to shreds the report of KwaZulu-Natal pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal, who conducted the second autopsy on Susan’s body.

She said Perumal's report mentioned the history of the case at the time, that she had hung herself, before he even conducted the autopsy.


05 Dec 10:27

Susan Rohde was strangled to death - chief pathologist

Susan Rohde may have spent her last moments swallowing blood, battling to breathe and in pain after suffering severe blunt force trauma to her ribs, according to testimony presented at the murder trial of her husband Jason in the Western Cape High Court.

"I think this person might have been in pain after this injury," testified Dr Deidre Abrahams, who chose to refer to Susan, not by her name.

"The person was alive, breathing...," said Abrahams, when asked by prosecutor Louis van Niekerk to comment on the physical effect Susan's injuries had on her body.

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