Battle lines drawn in Rohde murder trial

Battle lines have been drawn with the prosecution set to butt heads with murder accused property mogul Jason Rohde’s counsel as his trial wraps up this week.

The High Court in Cape Town will hear closing arguments in the matter on Tuesday. The former CEO of Lew Geffen/Sotheby’s International Realty is accused of killing his wife Susan.

The millionaire had slain advocate Pete Mihalik as well as advocate Graham van der Spuy and three other lawyers on his legal team when his trial commenced in October 2017. Rohde trimmed his defence team in February and only Van der Spuy remains in his arsenal.

The state is convinced he killed his wife at a company conference at the Spier estate‚ near Stellenbosch in July 2016. She was found dead with the cord of a hair iron around her neck behind a locked bathroom door. Susan had insisted on attending the event as she was suspicious of Rohde after finding out five months earlier that he was having an affair with Cape Town estate agent Jolene Alterskye.

The case was adjourned in August to allow the parties to prepare their final arguments and both have filed their heads of argument.

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