Jason Rohde, Sotheby's CEO, Murder Trial

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There are various possible explanations for a lot of the evidence in this case and after having read it all, I would lean towards reasonable doubt being present.

There is no clear cause of death as per the post mortem.
The issue of thew faecal matter can have different explanations.
The issue of Whatdapps sent after her alleged time of death are also confusing.
 

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https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/new...ildren-very-important-for-sentencing-18211347

There is a "very important aspect of the sentencing process" that will come into play when former property mogul Jason Rohde is sentenced for his wife Susan's murder – "namely the issue of the interests of the children”.

This is the view of defence advocate Graham van der Spuy, who had successfully argued on Wednesday for a postponement of the sentencing to December 5.


“The two younger daughters are in fact twins. They are in matric at the moment and they are, as we talk now, writing their matric examinations.

"The idea is that then the daughters will be brought down to Cape Town over the weekend and they will be available for consultation purposes from Monday onwards and that seems to me to be a very important aspect of the sentencing process, namely the issue of the interests of the children.”
How does the interest of the children affect his sentence ?

Are they suggesting that if he had no children a harsher sentence would be in order ?

This guy took their mother from them, he now goes to jail so they are on their own. Who's fault is that ?
 

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#JasonRohde: Report reveals children’s heartbreak

Cape Town - Susan Rohde’s father lost not only his daughter, but also the “big happy family” he once had.
Her mother grieves for the loss of her “best friend” and not being able to voice her thoughts about her death while remaining neutral for her granddaughters.


Her sister mourns a recent rift in their close friendship that she will now never be able to heal.


Her brother in Australia grapples from afar with strained family relationships and fond memories that cause him pain.


And her three daughters, two of them writing matric, confront grief and confusion, not knowing who to trust as they struggle with their fear of losing their father who they regard as their only source of stability.

More at:
https://www.iol.co.za/weekend-argus/news/jasonrohde-report-reveals-childrens-heartbreak-18247267
 

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There 2 fundamental elements of this case that any parent will grapple with...
1.) Why would the loving mother of 3 teenage daughters kill herself
2.) Why would the loving father of 3 teenage daughters kill his wife knowing he could effectively orphan his daughters
 

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There 2 fundamental elements of this case that any parent will grapple with...
1.) Why would the loving mother of 3 teenage daughters kill herself
2.) Why would the loving father of 3 teenage daughters kill his wife knowing he could effectively orphan his daughters
1. She wouldnt or didnt
2. You joking right ? He didnt think he would get caught and it was a crime of passion
 

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There 2 fundamental elements of this case that any parent will grapple with...
1.) Why would the loving mother of 3 teenage daughters kill herself
2.) Why would the loving father of 3 teenage daughters kill his wife knowing he could effectively orphan his daughters
You assume in either option the person was thinking rationally.

1) a person close to me who was the happiest guy; had a beautiful girlfriend, stable job, wonderful family and stable upbringing but still put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.
Depression is a terrible thing :-(

2) This loving father had no problem breaking up his "happy" home so he could shag some younger stukkie; clearly he was more concerned about himself than his daughters.
 

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Jason Rohde's daughters do not want to lose their father as well, social worker tells court

Jason Rohde's three daughters are struggling to come to terms with their mother's death and do not want to lose him too once he is sentenced for her murder, a social worker told the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.
The State called its three witnesses to testify in aggravation of sentence on Wednesday afternoon after a delay due to loadshedding.
Rian Perry, a social worker at the provincial social development department, testified about his victim impact report.
He compiled the report after interviewing Susan's family, the couple's daughters, the family psychologist and a school principal.


Kathryn, 20, is a second-year university student and the twins Alex and Josie, 18, recently finished their matric exams.
Perry said they were torn between mourning for their mother and having concern for their father.
"They still require closure and surety in this matter to be able to deal with the mother's death," he said.
He added: "The child (Kathryn) and her siblings have reportedly been fearful of saying things that the court could use against their father."
They indicated to him that they did not want to lose their remaining parent and said jailing him would affect them significantly.
While family members had been supportive, they worried about their future and security.
He found that Susan's death also greatly impacted her parents and siblings and created conflict in the family.
Defence advocate Graham van der Spuy demanded to know why Perry had not interviewed Rohde's parents.
Perry explained that his report focused on the impact on Susan's immediate family. However, he said any person was welcome to speak up and be interviewed.
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe found Rohde guilty of murdering his wife at Spier hotel in July 2016 and of obstructing justice by trying to make her death look self-inflicted.The property mogul "staged her death as a play" and roped in various "actors" and "extras" to tell a story that she had committed suicide, she said during her judgment last month.
David Anderson, the administrator of Susan's estate, testified that Jason was listed as the beneficiary.
He paid around R2.9m to Jason for his defence in court and only around R80 000 in cash remained.
The estate has been paying for the daughters' maintenance and education expenses.
The court was handed a confirmation letter from Stellenbosch University which stated that the twins had been provisionally accepted for studies in 2019.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...er-as-well-social-worker-tells-court-20181205
 

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There 2 fundamental elements of this case that any parent will grapple with...
1.) Why would the loving mother of 3 teenage daughters kill herself
2.) Why would the loving father of 3 teenage daughters kill his wife knowing he could effectively orphan his daughters
Daughters are quite old, don't need mommy to look after them.

Won't have issues getting a step-mom either given his status.
 

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Jason Rohde's 'frightened' daughter refuses to testify

Cape Town - Convicted murderer Jason Rohde’s eldest daughter Katie Rohde who was set to testify in mitigation of sentence at the high court in Cape Town on Thursday, changed her mind just minutes after she took to the witness stand.
Katie had just been sworn in when defence advocate Graham van der Spuy requested to address the court and told the Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe that the witness no longer wished to testify.
This followed after Judge Salie-Hlophe ruled that the media could remain in court and that an audio of Katie’s testimony could be broadcast without the cameras focusing on her. According to Van der Spuy, the 20-year-old Katie only agreed to testify without broadcast as she was under a lot of “unfair pressure”.
“My instructing attorney has mentioned to me that he explained the ruling relating to publicity to the witness as she was walking her in and she indicated that she doesn’t want to testify, she’s too frightened to,” said Van der Spuy.
More at: https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-af...ightened-daughter-refuses-to-testify-18411333
 

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Rohde to spend Christmas in Pollsmoor after losing fresh bail bid

Jason Rohde will spend Christmas in Pollsmoor Prison after his fresh bid for bail was turned down in the Western Cape High Court.
Rohde's daughter Kathryn was supposed to have testified in her father's sentencing proceedings on Thursday, but only made it as far as the witness box before changing her mind.
This was during a fresh bid by Rohde to apply for bail while he waits for the outcome of his sentencing proceedings.
Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe turned down his application.


"I am not persuaded that it is in the interests of justice that bail be [granted]," she said.
This was after Rohde's defence advocate Graham van der Spuy launched the bail bid in an attempt to get his client home for the time being, even with a monitoring bracelet if necessary.
More at: https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/...ollsmoor-after-losing-fresh-bail-bid-20181206
 

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Ouch, Xmas in Pollsmoor, what a reality check. From living the high life to Pollsmoor.

Weird that his 20yr old daughter ducked out of testifying, why would she care that the media was recording when she was there on a virtual life and death mission to try save her father?

Sorry dad, under the bus you go.
 

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""I am not persuaded that it is in the interests of justice that bail be [granted]," she said. "

I agree whitout a shadow of doubt., He'll make a run for it...1000% sure..

a min 20 yr sentence in Pollsmoor vs a new life, new identity somewhere overseas....no brainer.
 
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