Accused wife killer Jason Rohde's trial postponed due to his mental condition

The murder trial of former property executive Jason Rohde is continuing at the Western Cape High Court.

Rohde is accused of strangling his wife, Susan Rohde, and staging the crime scene to make it look like a suicide.

EWN reporter Shamiela Fisher says that Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe has ruled that the matter will stand down until 21 February to afford Rohde an opportunity to receive medical attention at his local clinic.

The court heard from a psychiatrist who's been treating him for the past week that Rohde is suffering from a major depressive episode.

He says he has symptoms of feeling low, sadness and anxiousness and that his mental health is deteriorating.

Defence argued that he needs to be at this hospital and continue being on anti-depressant medication for the next few weeks and when they come they will let the court know whether there's been any progress...

Shamiela Fisher, EWN reporter

Rohde's family hasn't been to the courtroom, but EWN has reliably learned that the deceased Susan Rohde's brother will be flying down from Australia to testify in the murder case.

To hear more of this report by Shamiela Fisher, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Accused wife killer Jason Rohde's trial postponed due to his mental condition


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