Spier murder: Rohde's alleged mistress could be called to testify


Jolene Alterskye, the alleged mistress of Jason Rohde will apparently turn state witness in the murder case against him. 

Jolene (35), an estate agent of Sotheby’s in Sea Point, allegedly had her electronic equipment seized by police for examination last week, reports Sunday Times. She was on holiday in England with her son at the time.

She will apparently be away for two weeks.

Leon van der Merwe, Jolene’s lawyer confirmed to Netwerk24 that the police had laid claim to his clients electronic equipment. The equipment includes her cell phone, computer and other equipment in which data can be stored.

Read more: Inside Susan and Jason Rohde’s picture-perfect R10 million home

According to Leon, Jolene is a state witness but he informed Netwerk24 that the police are not handling her that way. “They could just have asked us for the devices. We would have handed it over,” said Leon.


He could not be reached for further comment on Monday.

Read more: 'Why did you leave me, Dad?' -- Rohde's daughter

Lt. Col. André Traut told Huisgenoot that the circumstances surrounding Susan’s death are still being investigated. “The finer details of the investigation cannot yet be made known.”

Jason, the executive head of Geffen International Realty Franchises, a division of Sotheby’s, appeared in the Stellenbosch magistrate court on Friday.

He has been charged with the murder of his wife Susan Rohde. She was found dead in the bathroom of her hotel room.

Susan was accompanying Jason to the Sotheby’s annual conference at the Spier wine estate. The couple apparently fell out just a few hours will before her death.

Read more: ‘It appears she was strangled, smothered’: read the Stellenbosch detective’s statement on Spier murder

Magistrate Greg Jacobs said on Friday that Jason could return to his home in Johannesburg. He is still out on bail and the conditions of his bail will remain the same. It has however been added that he may not commit any crimes.

Jason will appear in court again on 26 January 2017.

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