NATIONAL NEWS - Jason Rohde, the property mogul who stands accused of murdering his wife, continued to testify at the Western Cape High Court today. He continued to give his version of what happened on the night of his wife Susan’s death, and was also made to demonstrate how he found her.
Rohde claims to have been shocked on being charged with the murder. “It’s like your whole world is crashing in. It is like a dream you can’t wake up from. It is unbelievable.”
The accused gave detailed testimony about the time surrounding his wife’s death, including his assertion that Susan locked the bathroom door of their hotel room at Spier Wine Estate from the inside before committing suicide by hanging herself with a hair-iron cord.
When it was pointed out in court that the door could have been locked or unlocked using a teaspoon or a coin, Rohde told the court he could not have known this. Rohde was adamant that his wife locked the bathroom door from the inside, saying: “Susan locked that bathroom door‚ I did not lock that bathroom door from the outside.”
According to last year’s reports from the Western Cape High Court, it was revealed there that at the time of Susan Rohde’s death, the accused was overheard giving different accounts of the events that led to his wife’s death.
Mark Thompson, a former priest at Resurrection Anglican Church in Bonteheuwel and Sotheby’s realtor franchisor, said Rohde’s statement to the police was a “complete contradiction” from what he had told Susan’s father.