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    Jason Rohde's advocate, Pete Mihalik - practising junior counsel for 21 years.



    http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Ne...trial-20170922


    State Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk Biographical Info -

    A Senior State Advocate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa
    since 1 June 2002, and a member of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO or
    Scorpions) from 2002 until its disbandment in 2009. This was a multidisciplinary
    agency within the NPA that investigated and prosecuted organised crime and
    corruption. Adv. van Niekerk is doing part time a PhD on the prosecution of complex
    and transnational corruption based on the complementary model in Africa.

    http://www.iap-association.org/getat...ekerk.pdf.aspx

    https://za.linkedin.com/in/louisjvanniekerk

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    https://twitter.com/AJGMolyneaux

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    Oct 9 - We are going to the hotel room where Jason Rohde’s wife Susan was found dead at Spier wine farm.

    Jason Rohde and his defense team walk to the room where his wife Susan was found dead. The state is accusing #Rohde of murder.

    Oct 10 - Good day all. I’m in the Jason Rohde murder trial. Mark Thompson is on stand. He worked for Sothebys and knew Jason for 7 years.

    Thompson says Jason told the policeman that Susan & him had been arguing before she locked herself in bathroom. He then fell asleep.

    T: Jason told his father-in-law that Susan was running & she tripped. J then later changed it to ‘slipped’.

    The door which Susan #Rohde was found hanging from. It stands in CT High Court while the murder trial against Jason Rohde unfolds.




    “Help me Mark, Help me Mark!”This is what Mark Thompson says Jason #Rohde repeated after finding his wife Susan dead in the bathroom.
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    Jason #Rohde takes notes during his murder trial. Very focused. He is also wearing pink & turquoise socks.

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    Oct 12 - Welcome to day 4 of the Jason Rohde murder trial. ⚖️ Today we will be hearing from the state’s DNA expert: Dr. Khan.
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    State advocate Louis van Niekerk is Running through an impressive CV of witness Dr.Khan.

    Dr. khan says he has done more than 2900 post-Morten examinations.

    Dr. Khan has worked on 19 cases of strangulation homicide before this trial.

    Dr K arrived on scene where Susan #Rohde was deceased. He was called to determine whether Susan was killed or committed suicide.

    Dr K: I was told that Jason and Susan had a fight on night of her murder. Jason said she locked herself in bathroom & hung herself.

    Dr K: I was told CPR was done but later declared dead by paramedics on scene.

    We are about to look at the crime scene photos - lights are being switched off in court. No photos or videos allowed.

    1st & 2nd photo: Taken from outside: hotel room 221 has police crime scene tape preventing access into the room.

    Looking at graphic photos now. Not allowed to report on this.

    Dr Khan takes us through his evaluation of what he saw & found: Susan naked underneath gown. Lying on her back. Big bruise on R thigh.

    Dr K: blood present on R foot, makeup still on Susan’s face.

    Dr K: Ligature imprint mark on neck. Front and side of neck. Straight line.

    [The person controlling power point presentation is a bit clueless how power point works. ]

    Dr K: Linear scratch marks to Susan’s R lower jaw. I’d interpret that as possible fingernail scratch marks.

    Dr K: more scratch marks just above the ligature mark on the front of neck (my note: possible fingernail scratching to get cord off??)

    Dr K: Bruising to R eye caused by possibly blunt force trauma. Abrasion on bruise could be cause of a punch with a ring on the fist.

    Dr K: that is unusual in a suicide case to find blunt force trauma on victim i.e the eye injury.

    Dr K continues. Bruising to left knee & lower leg. Also big greenish bruise to R upper leg & thigh. Healing bruise - occurred days before.

    Dr K:This worries me as now we have injuries of different ages present on body-possible battered woman syndrome present.(speculating)

    Dr K: I could not locate any injuries to genitalia at that time.

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    Dr K: There was bruising of the knuckles as well as abrasion on knuckles of Susan’s L hand. Bruise to wrist.

    Dr K: Susan weighed 52 kgs. The window was closed at the time he was in the bathroom.

    Dr K: In hanging cases, there is a specific pattern as the death occurs in an upright vertical position. Feet have a certain lividity.

    NB: DrK: We found lividity on Susan’s back leading to my conclusion that Susan died on her back & not in an upright hanging position.

    Dr Keath occurred around 05:40. Possible blood staining on floor, L bed & pillow. If this was suicide why would there be blood in room?

    Dr K: Dealing with locked door - possible to put something in that slot and turn it from the outside to unlock door.

    Dr Coetzee-Khan says after his investigation he wasn’t happy to declare this a suicide & therefore asked crime scene unit to take over.

    Dr K: I also wanted the door hooks to be assessed to see if they could support the weight for a hanging to take place.

    Dr K summarizes that because of all the reasons given, he believes this death should be investigated as a homicide.

    We have moved into the post-morten report: DrK says ligature on neck is not consistent with hanging as it is not angled upwards towards the point of hanging above. This ligature is horizontal and straight.

    Dr. Coetzee-Khan the state pathology expert who investigated the crime scene&the post-mortem: “This was a staging of a hanging.”

    Jason #Rohde is accused of murdering his wife Susan by strangulation. The murder trial is taking place in the CT high court. Property mogul Jason #Rohde says he found his wife hanging from a door hook in their hotel room. The state says he murderer her.

    Suicide or hanging? Here’s a short piece on this mornings state forensic pathology testimony in the #rohde trial:
    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...de-was-staged/

    State forensic pathologist says Jason Rohde staged his wife’s suicide. Here’s a wrap video & article:
    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...n-susan-rohde/

    We are back in court running through findings of Dr Coetzee-Khan’s post-mortem of Susan #Rohde in the murder trial of #JasonRohde

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    Dr K: Blood found in small intestines of Susan meaning she would have been injured,swallowing blood up and until an hour before death.

    Dr K: “In summary, the cause of death is unnatural. Manual strangulation & external airway obstruction. Post-mortem injury to neck.”

    Defense pathologist Dr Perumal finds cause of death to be ‘ligature strangulation’ after his post-mortem of Susan #Rohde



    Dr Coetzee-Khan is going through Dr Reggie Perumal’s post-mortem report of Susan

    Dr K burns defense pathologist Dr Perumal’s report which says Susan’s hyoid bone not broken:“He is deliberately misleading court”

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    Mark Thompson, the State’s first witness said, "I was crying and my tears were splashing on her naked breasts." He testified about how he tried to resuscitate the naked corpse of Rohde's wife, Susan, in a bathroom at Spier wine estate.

    The former Anglican priest, who said he had worked with Rohde for seven years, testified he was disturbed by a large bruise on her upper thigh near her pubic area.

    He described his desperate attempts to resuscitate Susan for nearly 40 minutes while Rohde sat next to him, pleading in a "mantra-like" fashion.

    When he got to the room he saw Rohde sitting on the bathroom floor next to Susan's body. He said that Susan was lying on the floor with her head pointing away from the door, where a "hair tool's" electrical cable was hanging over a towel hook mounted on the door. He noticed a knot in the cable which would have been too small for her head to fit through.

    There was also "a small stool" lying next to her hip and a pool of urine. "I had read many times that when a person dies they release their bowels and urinate. "If she hanged herself on the back of the door I would have thought her stool and urine would be at the door," he said.

    Thompson explained that 15 months had passed since he witnessed the incident and he recalled details which traumatised him or found peculiar. He said he found Rohde's verbal behaviour strange. "In terms of Rohde's reaction, he never said: 'Susan, why did you do this? Susan, I love you, what about our girls?'" said Thompson.

    https://www.timeslive.co.za/news/sou...s-odd-witness/

    Assuming for a moment that Susan had hung herself, how is it possible that the knot in the cable was too small for her head to fit through. If JR removed the noose, surely the opening would have been very much larger, not smaller.

    Tears from the man who worked so hard for 40 minutes to resuscitate Susan, but from the husband ... nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimeSuspect View Post

    State Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk Biographical Info -

    A Senior State Advocate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of South Africa
    since 1 June 2002, and a member of the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO or
    Scorpions) from 2002 until its disbandment in 2009. This was a multidisciplinary
    agency within the NPA that investigated and prosecuted organised crime and
    corruption. Adv. van Niekerk is doing part time a PhD on the prosecution of complex
    and transnational corruption based on the complementary model in Africa.

    http://www.iap-association.org/getat...ekerk.pdf.aspx

    https://za.linkedin.com/in/louisjvanniekerk
    So that means van Niekerk probably worked with Gerrie Nel in the Scorpions. Interesting that both of them are fighting corruption. I liked the sound of him, both professionally and on a personal level, based on the summary of his LinkedIn profile.

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    Is there a discussion thread about Susan other than this trial one. I've been looking so that I can read up on it. I just can't find it if there is one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleuboy View Post
    Is there a discussion thread about Susan other than this trial one. I've been looking so that I can read up on it. I just can't find it if there is one.
    Threads can be opened in the name of the victim, the accused or something entirely different. The thread will continue under that name until the conclusion of the trial.

    Everything we know about Susan is on this thread. Unfortunately there's very little at all on the internet about her, but anything we subsequently learn will be posted here.

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    Here’s a little more background.

    Jason Rohde was born in the UK, was a South African citizen and his passports for both these countries had expired. He also had an Australian passport from a brief period of emigration, which was valid until 2017.

    Rohde said Susan had an insurance policy which specifically disqualified suicide as grounds for a claim.

    He listed his income and expenses as a house in Bryanston worth R9.4m which he and Susan were planning to sell because their oldest daughter would be matriculating soon (2016), and a holiday home worth R2.2m. He owed R1m on his BMW and R450,000 on Susan’s Mercedes.

    Apparently he also has some offshore assets.

    They had been married for 23 years and had 3 daughters, one aged 18 and 16-year-old twins.

    https://www.ecr.co.za/news/news/susa...d-court-hears/


    As of 8 August 2016 nothing else was known about the couple. All Rohde’s social media accounts have been deleted.

    Susan’s death occurred early in the morning when there were no staff around.

    http://www.2oceansvibe.com/2016/08/0...mystery-right/

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    Here you go blueboy.

    A former teacher, Susan had a passion for interior decorating, says Deborah van Dongen, director of the charity organisation Hearts of Hope where Susan had often helped out.

    “At a birthday event she would help to paint. She loved decorating and when we were configuring rooms she helped us lay everything out. She was very good at the creative side of things,” Deborah says.

    Susan was always thorough and very reliable, she adds. “We miss her desperately. She leaves an incredible legacy.”

    "Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know,” declares a quote on a blackboard above a fireplace in one of the rooms in the Bryanston house. Was it Susan who wrote this? If so, what was she referring to?

    This link also contains numerous pics of the home.

    http://www.news24.com/You/Archive/in...-home-20170728


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    A little more on the financial side:

    At the initial bail application …

    Rohde submitted various details about his finances in the affidavit, revealing he earned R110,000 per month and received R45,000 monthly for a business he started, as well as R180,000 per year in dividends.

    It also emerged that the family home was in Susan’s name. The home was worth R9.5 million, and had an outstanding payment of R2.5 million, but Rohde claimed he was responsible for paying the instalments.

    They also own a holiday home valued at R2.2 million.

    Rohde owes the bank R1 million on a BMW in his name. There was also R425,000 outstanding on Susan’s Mercedes which was registered in her name.

    He has a bank account in Australia with R161,137 (AUD 15,000) in it. He also says he owns several entities in trust accounts and properties worth more than R20 million.

    http://www.news24.com/You/Archive/my...davit-20170728

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    The Magistrate’s Court heard that the State’s pathologist believes Susan died around 5.40am on July 24, 2016.

    These findings contradict what Rohde and his defence team insist happened – that Susan committed suicide by hanging herself after 7am that morning.

    During fierce argument in the courtroom, the State remained adamant it had a prima facie case against Rohde. But his lawyer, Pete Mihalik, was equally firm the State had failed to provide evidence to back up its murder theory.

    http://tellitallsa.co.za/chilling-ev...e-murder-case/

    Other info in the article including the usual perpetrator is now the victim.

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    The following document is the State's reply to Rohde's plea explanation.

    The most significant paragraphs are 14 and 16 on p.3.



    https://twitter.com/hashtag/jasonrohde?lang=en
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    Last edited by JudgeJudi; 10-16-2017 at 02:15 AM.

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    Judgejudi thankyou very very much for all that Info. Its really interesting, I was in another thread and heard you was covering this trial so wanted to catch up. Again thanks for taking so much time to do that, you are very kind. Xxx

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    Dr. Akmal Coetzee-Khan to continue his evidence-in-chief today

    Mobile reception issues in court. Tweets may be delayed

    Khan notes that Perumal's report omits the fact that Susan's organs, including spleen and pancreas showed signs of asphyxia

    Also, that the muscles around her spine were damaged

    Khan questions whether photographs were taken during 2nd autopsy. He says it's NB if his findings are to be challenged

    https://twitter.com/LA_JANSEN

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