Emo­tional day in court for Ro­hde daugh­ter

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FORMER prop­erty mogul Ja­son Ro­hde’s face went red while cry­ing as he at­tempted to break a smile at his eldest daugh­ter, Kathryn, who ner­vously ap­proached the wit­ness box to tes­tify in mit­i­ga­tion of his sen­tence.

The two had not seen each other for about a month fol­low­ing Ro­hde’s con­vic­tion for the mur­der of Kathryn’s mother and his wife, Su­san. He was also found guilty of stag­ing the mur­der as a sui­cide.

Su­san’s body was found on July24, 2016, with an elec­tronic cord wrapped around her neck, hang­ing from a hook be­hind the bath­room door of the room they shared at the Spier Wine Es­tate Ho­tel.

There was a si­lence at the Cape High Court yes­ter­day, as Kathryn walked to the wit­ness stand. She was fol­lowed by Ro­hde’s mother, Brenda Ro­hde.

As Kathryn stood trans­fixed, Ro­hde was over­whelmed with emo­tions. He had mo­ments where he stared at the ground for a long time be­fore look­ing back at his daugh­ter who main­tained her com­po­sure de­spite her re­luc­tance to tes­tify in court.

De­fence ad­vo­cate, Gra­ham Van der Spuy, re­minded the court of an or­der made in Oc­to­ber 2017, at the start of the trial, in which Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe pro­hib­ited any pho­to­graphs or video vi­su­als of Ro­hde’s three daugh­ter’s to be pub­lished or broad­cast.

How­ever, Kathryn couldn’t give ev­i­dence due to time con­straints.

Sen­tenc­ing pro­ceed­ing are set to con­tinue on Fe­bru­ary 18, 2019.

Judge Salie-Hlophe has re­jected yet an­other bail ap­pli­ca­tion made by the de­fence.

Ro­hde will re­main in cus­tody.

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