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Jason Rohde latest: Psychiatrist ordered off the stand by judge

The judge was not messing around.

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The Jason Rohde murder trial continues to rumble on this week in the Western Cape High Court. Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe is not one to be messed about, though.

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On Tuesday, the judge did not allow defence psychiatrist, Dr Larissa Panieri-Peter to finish her testimony. Salie-Hlophe explained that Paniere-Peter overstepped her role and was repeating the testimonies of other witnesses.

The psychiatrist was then excused from the courtroom as the court watched on awkwardly as she rolled her luggage away.

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During what she did give of her testimony, the judge raised multiple questions and concerns about her quoting various people and not sticking to her professional opinion.

While Jason Rohde is accused of murdering his wife Susan Rohde in 2016, he maintains that she committed suicide. The state says Rohde killed his wife and then attempted to make the scene appear as if she had killed herself.

Panieri-Peter was brought in by the defence to testify after doing a “psychological autopsy”. She argued that Susan was a suicide risk, even though Susan’s own psychologist said she was not.

Judge Salie-Hlophe described the report from the defence’s psychiatrist as “objectionable.” She was also accused of “taking on the role of the court”.

“Her report repeats evidence already placed before court and goes far beyond the scope, expertise and role of the witness. … This report and expert testimony is no more than regurgitating testimonies already placed before this court… Simply put, I perceive that this evidence and report by this witness is nothing more than an attempt by the defence to get a second bite at the cherry.”

The defence team argued that the court had acted “grossly irregularly” with this ruling.

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The state will now cross-examine the defence’s next witness, next Tuesday. Dr Reggie Perumal will be back in the hot seat.