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    Khan concludes: "It is a staging of a hanging. You put ligature on and try to make it look like a hanging".

    Judge asks Khan to define the word "staging".

    Khan on 'staged hanging': "Because you don’t how it is supposed to look, you get it wrong. She was already lying flat."

    Khan turns to fingernail scratch marks on jaw and neck.

    Khan performed specialised, bloodless neck dissection to make sure haemorrhages were "true" and not post-mortem.

    Khan: Says various haemorrhages on her neck were unrelated to the ligature and indicative of blunt force trauma.

    Khan: Force applied to neck higher than where ligature mark is.

    Khan: There was quite significant downward force to vertebrae.

    Khan: Usually seen in cases of manual strangulation, pressure was applied here from left side going inwards.

    Khan: One has to be suspicious here of fractured horn of thyroid cartilage. Redness indicates it happened before death.

    Khan: Fracture and haemorrhages indicate a hand being applied to neck with squeezing type of action.

    Khan: These features are indicative of manual strangulation (In other words, not with ligature used on hook).

    Khan: All the unrelated haemorrhages point to not being caused by ligature. Court breaks for lunch.

    Khan: There was something placed over her nose and mouth. Indications that a hand or object was used.

    Khan: CPR or mouth-to-mouth might have contributed to some features on nose/face.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trial-20171012

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    Now looking at photos of Susan's lungs, heart. Khan shows haemorrhages that are consistent with signs of asphyxia.

    Khan: These signs of asphyxia are seen with both manual and ligature strangulation.

    Khan now shows photos of blunt force trauma with bruises to body, face and 3 ribs.

    Khan says CPR could theoretically fracture ribs, but the haemorrhages to side of chest wall are atypical of CPR.

    Khan: Could be from punching or kicking the chest/ribs. Maybe pinning down person with a knee to strangle.

    Khan: Blunt force trauma on the back of her scalp. Makes me think of head being pushed against a surface.

    Khan: Bruise on left wrist usually seen with defensive injuries & protecting oneself.

    Blunt force trauma to chest wall.

    About 100ml of fresh blood found in stomach. Indicates she swallowed it.

    Khan turns to intestines. Light part is healthy. Dark part is unusual and indicates blood inside.

    Khan thinks Susan coughed up blood and then swallowed it.

    Khan says signs of some physical alteration before strangulation of "more than a few minutes, up to an hour".

    Khan points out two healing bruises on thighs. This indicates blunt force trauma around 7 days before her death.

    "I conclude this was unnatural death, consistent with asphyxia after manual strangulation and external air obstruction."

    "The features of the ligature imprint abrasion mark are consistent with post-mortem application to the neck"

    Khan: At the autopsy, her white gown with red stains was still on and she was naked underneath.

    Khan says marks indicate thumb on right hand side of her neck and fingers spread out on left hand side.

    Khan says abrasion to body indicates dragging against rough surfaces. Hotel bedroom floor made of quite rough surface.

    Khan: Susan tested negative for drugs of abuse.

    Khan's post mortem testimony is concluded.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trial-20171012

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    Prosecutor now turns to post-mortem report done by Dr Reggie Perumal on August 1.

    Khan confirms this second autopsy was done after Susan's body was released, at request of her husband.

    Perumal lists time of death as 08:00 on 24 July, 2016. Khan: No indication if this was estimate or informed by paramedics.

    Khan: second autopsy performed quite a few days after. Body travelled from Cape Town to JHB. Decompositional changes.

    Under history, Perumal states Susan hung herself with cord. Khan says this is alleged, incomplete and unattributed.

    Khan: Perumal does not say if "ligature impression" was caused before or after death.

    "Seems very non-specific".

    Khan: Perumal mentions scattered abrasions, bruises on neck, face and body but doesn't give cause for these.

    Khan: Perumal mentions there was a little alcohol in her system. Khan says this was below the legal limit for driving.

    Khan: No mention of thyroid fracture, ingested blood or defensive injuries in chief findings of second autopsy report.

    Khan: Perumal says death "consistent with ligature strangulation", but doesn't say if consistent with hanging or general.

    Khan says Dr Perumal doesn't state whether he took Susan's weight or height. Mentions our tag on her leg with stats.

    Khan says he's been asked to do 2nd autopsies about 12 times. Not that common. Mostly directed to private pathologists.

    Khan: No mention in this second autopsy report of lividity and if it is consistent with hanging.

    Khan says Dr Perumal either didn't examine the lividity or deliberately left it out.

    Khan: Some of Dr Perumal's descriptions are misleading, subjective or make no sense.

    Perumal says imprint of ligature was smooth. Khan says even though cord surface is smooth, its stiff & causes groove.

    Defence objects and says Khan is not an electric cord expert.

    Khan: Electric cord is one of most common things I see. My expertise is how cord wounds body or skin. Judge allows.

    [I’ve deliberately omitted Perumal’s report as it’s 8 pages long. However it can be found at 15:41 and 15:42 at the News24 link below]

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trial-20171012

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    Khan: Perumal lists abrasions but doesn't give causes. Is it related to ligature, fingernails or manual strangulation?

    Khan: Perumal was "deliberately misleading" in saying no identifiable bruises before death, no fracture of hyoid/thyroid.

    Khan: No indication of whether photos were taken during Perumal's autopsy on Susan.

    Khan: Perumal mentions a healing wound but doesn't say when it happened. He's left things open to interpretation.

    Khan: Perumal missed haemorrhage in the brain.

    Khan: Perumal doesn't give cause for fracture of three right ribs and associated haemorrhages before death.

    Khan: Perumal doesn't mention haemorrhages on heart or blood in stomach and small intestines.

    Khan's photo showed darkened blood mass in small intestines. "What type of autopsy did he perform if he didn't check?"

    Defence says it will need a week to take instructions once Khan is finished testifying.

    Defence says long postponement not needed as State can call other witnesses. But State says sequence of witnesses is important.

    Judge says Khan can continue Monday. And then Defence can give indication of how much time it needs.

    Judge postpones trial until Monday. Khan will return then for testimony. Rohde's bail extended.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trial-20171012

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    The mistress, Cape Town estate agent and single mother, Jolene Alterskye, was at the Spier Hotel when Susan died .


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    Police confiscated her computer, electronic storage devices and cell phone before she left the country for a two-week holiday in London. “According to the investigating officers, she is a witness in the case.”

    A source close to the investigation said police had “cracked” Susan’s cellphone and downloaded information including WhatsApp messages.

    http://tellitallsa.co.za/susan-rohde...sons-mistress/

    Susan was 47 at the time of her death. The mistress was 35.
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    “It’s all really tragic, says one of Susan’s friends. “I saw her a few days before she died and she was looking so thin. She really looked stressed. I don’t think it was a happy situation. Neighbours heard fighting all the time”.

    The last time they were seen together was at Sotheby’s annual conference held at Spier – where they were reportedly overheard having a blazing argument about an affair that Jason had allegedly been having with an attractive estate agent, Jolene Alterskye.

    https://www.pressreader.com/south-af...81668254422242

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    Jason Rohde had two scratch marks on his back days after Susan’s death. This information is contained in a medical report which forms part of the charge sheet.

    According to the medical report, he was taken by detectives from the Stellenbosch Serious Crimes Unit to Victoria Hospital in Wynberg four days after his wife's death, where he was examined by Dr Marianne Tiemensma of the clinical forensic unit.

    [Yet another excellent witness from the van Breda trial. Her name doesn’t appear in the short witness list of 17 names posted earlier but perhaps is included in the complete list of 79.]

    Tiemensma had noticed two superficial scratch marks or linear scratches on Rohde’s back. The top one was about 20mm long and 1mm wide. The one just below it was about 30mm long and about 1mm wide. There was no indication that the scratches had started healing yet.

    She also noted that he had a “fresh” cut to the middle finger of his left hand. According to the medical report, Rohde said he’d cut himself with a glass vase.

    According to Tiemensma’s the medical report, he appeared concerned and anxious but he co-operated.

    In a sworn statement submitted to the Stellenbosch Magistrate’s Court a month after his wife’s death, he doesn’t mention the scratch marks at all. However he does refer to the small cut on his finger and says he sustained it on July 26, 2016 in the presence of his children.

    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...death-20170627

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    The Rohde's have 3 beautiful daughters. At the time of Susan's death the eldest was 18 and the twins were 16.

    Susan with her daughter Kate.



    http://www.news24.com/You/Archive/we...ibute-20170728
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    The Rohde family home



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    Imagine moving from this home to a prison cell for 25 years. Karma.
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    Thank you for compiling here all that has been reported so far. I'm still reading through it. Much to absorb.


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    I read somewhere else that the handyman called to open the locked bathroom door commented that JR appeared freshly dressed and shaven at that time!

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    Less than 6 months after Susan's death, another near tragedy occurred.

    A reliable source told Netwerk24 that Kate was hospitalized after an apparent drug overdose.

    Kate (18) had just finished matric before going on holiday. She attended a school in Johannesburg.



    http://www.news24.com/You/Archive/ja...rdose-20170728
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    Thanks, JJ, for up-to-dates on this case. Should be interesting; a couple of familiar witnesses there!

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    Thanks JJ. You have been busy.


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    The accused, Jason Rohde pleads not guilty

    http://www.sabc.co.za/news/a/f903798...court-20171010

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    Susan Rohde

    https://www.netwerk24.com/ZA/Eikesta...evind-20160805

    It appears Susan put up a big fight for her life where she sustained horrible injuries before she was strangled. This seems a cut and dry case but lets see how this defence handles the damning forensic evidence in comparison to Botha's pathetic and roundabout tactics.
    It's worrying that the autopsy reports show different causes of death, how can this happen?

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