Slain wife ‘dis­played symp­toms of de­pres­sion’

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SU­SAN Ro­hde, slain wife of prop­erty mogul Ja­son Ro­hde, dis­played symp­toms of Ma­jor De­pres­sive Dis­or­der and sui­cide ideation, the Western Cape High Court has heard.

Carol Nader, the mar­riage coun­sel­lor who saw the cou­ple for 13 ses­sions, said she had rec­om­mended Ro­hde be ad­mit­ted to a clinic for treat­ment.

She had asked Ro­hde whether she was sui­ci­dal.

“Her re­ply was ‘No. I would never do that to my chil­dren’. I never asked her again. I felt that she was in­sulted by me ask­ing her that ques­tion,” said Nader.

She made a men­tal check­list of the symp­toms Ro­hde dis­played. Some matched those of Ma­jor De­pres­sive Dis­or­der.

“Su­san was hy­per aroused. She com­plained of feel­ing sad, empty and some­times hope­less. She ap­peared to be iso­lat­ing her­self, was not so­cial­is­ing with her friends, didn’t want to con­fide in any­one. She com­plained of hav­ing dif­fi­culty in sleep­ing and ex­pressed ag­i­ta­tion and er­ratic be­hav­iour.”

Ro­hde told the coun­sel­lor she had lost 8-10kg since Fe­bru­ary, when she first found out about her husband’s af­fair.

When the cou­ple first sought coun­selling they had set goals of rec­on­cil­ing af­ter the af­fair and im­prov­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“Ja­son feared los­ing Su­san and did not want to get di­vorced. They wanted to keep the mar­riage rift con­fi­den­tial.”

In the last ses­sion on July 20, 2016 – four days be­fore the mur­der – Ja­son ar­rived an­gry, said Nader. “He said he didn’t want Su­san at the con­fer­ence. Su­san wanted the whole firm to see them to­gether. I felt it would make her more anx­ious.”

The trial con­tin­ues in Cape Town to­mor­row.

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