Clash with judge
THE defence advocate for convicted murderer Jason Rohde yesterday clashed with the judge after she ruled that the testimony of a psychiatrist who had been seeing Rohde was not relevant to sentencing proceedings.
Rohde was convicted by Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe on November 8 of the 2016 murder of his wife Susan Rohde and defeating the ends of justice by staging her suicide.
Psychiatrist Dr Kevin Stoloff, who has been seeing Rohde during the trial, yesterday gave testimony in mitigation of sentence.
Stoloff gave detailed evidence on the report he compiled on Rohde’s medical state and his failure to appear in court in February.
Judge Salie-Hlophe, however, interrupted his testimony and pointed out that the purpose of his testimony was for sentence mitigation and not a bail application as the court has already found Rohde guilty. She added that the testimony being presented by Stoloff was already part of the court record.
The rejection of Dr Stoloff’s testimony led to a clash between the judge and defence advocate Graham van der Spuy, who raised his voice to argue that his witness had been disrupted by the court. Rohde has been in Pollsmoor prison since his conviction. | African News Agency (ANA)