Wife-killer Rohde gets R200k bail
Convicted wife killer Jason Rohde, pictured, was yesterday granted R200 000 bail while he waits to appeal his murder sentence and conviction.
Rohde was found guilty of murdering his wife, Susan, and of staging her suicide at the Spier Hotel in Stellenbosch three years ago.
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s Judge President Mandisa Maya and Judges Christian van der Merwe and Caroline Nicholls presided over the appeal after Rohde initially approached the Western Cape High Court for bail to look after his business interests, but Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe initially refused that application in August.
Last year, she found Rohde guilty of murdering his wife and of staging her suicide.
Rohde argued he needed to be released on bail to deal with a “hostile takeover” of his company, as well as to avoid a situation where funds for his daughters would run out by the end of the year.
Advocate William King SC had told Judge Salie-Hlophe his client was not a flight risk as he had a new option before him: “Argue the appeal, be acquitted and carry on with life.”
King believed Rohde would suffer severe prejudice if he was kept in prison only to be acquitted later.
In handing down her earlier judgment, Judge Salie-Hlophe said, if anything, the interests of justice required he should continue serving his effective 20-year sentence for killing his wife in 2016.
“Releasing Mr Rohde, who was convicted of the savage murder of his wife, on the basis essentially that he had been granted leave to appeal and that his release would allow him to manage his wealth and other needs and comforts, would threaten law and order.”
She also earlier turned down his application for leave to appeal his conviction and sentence, saying the defence had rehashed arguments made during Rohde’s trial and sentencing.
Rohde then petitioned the SCA and secured leave to appeal. – News24Wire
King believed Rohde would suffer severe prejudice if he was kept in prison.