Wife-killer Ro­hde gets R200k bail

The Citizen (KZN) - - News -

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.

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