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Jason Rohde: Judgment reserved in convicted wife killer’s bail application

The Western Cape High Court reserved its judgment on Rohde’s bail application, citing that more time is needed to consider it.

Jason Rohde

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Since Jason Rohde has been granted leave to appeal his sentence, the convicted wife killer has had the opportunity to be released on bail.

Jason Rohde bail hearing: How it got here

In November 2018, after a lengthy trial that saw a mountain of evidence presented by the State, Judge Gyaat Salie-Hlope of the Western Cape High Court found Rohde guilty of murdering his wife.

A failed attempt at appealing the conviction with the High Court in April saw Rohde approach the Supreme Court of Appeals (SCA) to argue the need for the case to be reviewed.

Surprisingly, the property mogul was granted the right to appeal his conviction. This gave way for his legal team to forward an application for bail, which was heard by the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.

The merits of the murder case

The murder of Rohde’s wife, Susan, has been a subject of debate for the last three years. In July 2016, Susan’s body was found hanging from a bathroom hook at the Spier Wine Estate, in Stellenbosch.

At first, it was determined that a long fight with depression had culminated to Susan taking her own life. However, a closer look at the Rohde marriage, as well as the forensic evidence, told a different story.

The prosecution maintained that Jason Rohde took his wife’s life to pursue his extramarital affair with a mistress. While Rohde admitted that the affair may have indirectly caused his wife’s death, he has vehemently maintained his innocence.

The mogul claimed that the night before his wife’s death, he had asked for a divorce, after years of struggling to break out of the rut his marriage was in.

“My conduct ripped my family apart. It has devastated my family and I know, if it wasn’t for my disgusting behaviour, Susan would still be alive today,” Rohde had said in his defence.

However, apparent contradictions in his statement on how he discovered his wife’s body and the pathology report which claimed that Susan died of asphyxiation was enough to convict Rohde.

What happens if he is granted bail?

The matter, once again, stood before the Western Cape High Court, where Judge Salie-Hlope reserved judgment in the matter, citing that she needed more time to consider Rohde’s bail application.

Judge Salie-Hlope noted that she will deliver her judgment on Thursday, 15 August.

The defence has applied for bail on the basis that the approved leave to appeal the judgment should temporarily lift the conviction.

If Rohde has his way, it is highly possible that he may be released from prison.