‘My wife was a suicide risk,’ Jason Rohde reveals in affidavit

By admin
25 August 2016

Appearing in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's Court, Rohde revealed he and his wife had been to marriage counseling and the counselor believed she was "a suicide risk".

Jason Rohde's “life has been ruined”, the CEO of Sotheby's lawyer said in the Stellenbosch Magistrate's court today. Rohde, the CEO of Sotheby's has been charged with the murder of his wife, Susan, at the luxurious Spier Wine Estate outside the university town.

His lawyer read a statement by Rohde in which the property mogul revealed he and his wife had been to marriage counseling and the counselor believed she was "a suicide risk".

The State asked that the bail application be postponed because they need more time to prepare a forensic report. The State said they also had limited resources, which complicated matters.

Jason's lawyer opposed the application, saying he would give his full cooperation to the authorities. His passport has been submitted to the police and he had given all passwords for mobile phones and other devices to the investigating team.

The defence added that the crime scene could have been contaminated because it had been left unguarded by the police for a time.

The next step was for Jason to apply for bail. "Even Henri van Breda had the opportunity to surrender," he said. "Jason was arrested in front of his daughters. "

But the judge did not grant bail, instead postponing the case until Friday.

Rohde also submitted various details about his finances in the affidavit,revealing he earned R110 000 per month and received R45 000 monthly for a business he started, as well as R180 000 per year in dividends.

It also emerged that the Rohde home in which Jason and Susan lived was in her name. The Bryanston home was worth R9,5 million, and has had an outstanding payment of R2,5 million, but he claimed he was responsible for paying the installments.

The Rohde family also own a holiday home in Plettenberg Bay, valued at R2,2 million.

Rohde owes the bank R1 million on a BMW in his name. There was also R 425 000 outstanding on a Mercedes that Susan drove, which was registered in her name.

Rohde also has a bank account in Australia with R161 137 (AUD 15 000) in it. He also says he owns several entities in trust accounts and properties worth more than R20 million.

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