The defense team of Jason Rohde, who murdered his wife, is planning on calling on his daughter to testify in court on the accused’s behalf.
Jason Rohde was accused of murdering his wife, Susan, as well as defeating the ends of justice. He was found guilty of both of these acts in the Western Cape High Court and was told by the judge (Gayaat Salie-Hlophe) that his version of events could not have possibly been true.
The murder of Rohde’s wife
Rohde’s wife was found dead on Jul. 24 in 2016. She was in a locked bathroom in a well-known hotel which she was sharing with her husband. The judge (Salie-Hlophe) said that there was direct intent to kill coming from Jason’s side. This is clearly due to the fact that Susan was found with an electrical cord wrapped around her neck, that was tied to the bathroom door.
Twelfth grade daughter to testify
Rohde’s eldest daughter, who will be finishing her grade twelve exams this Thursday and Friday, is to be called on to testify on his behalf. The advocate on the case – Graham van der Spuy – told the judge that there had already been a consultation with Rohde’s eldest daughter and that they were ready for the daughter to testify. They will be flying to Cape Town this weekend for a consultation with van der Spuy on Monday, with the help of a psychologist.
The court was asked by the defense team to postpone the case for two weeks in order to get all of the information straight before they proceed in the mitigation of sentence. Van der Spuy still needs to get the clinical psychology records of Rohde’s children, however, this is still being contested by one of the daughters. A researcher with a doctorate on femicide will also be testifying.