Jason Rohde Preliminary Back in Session After Sudden Deferment


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In support of the application, the defence said there were special grounds for her to give evidence behind closed doors. Salie-Hlophe says there must be a causal link between Kathryn giving evidence and possible harm to her.

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Judge is reading a statement into the record: She says these are the sentencing proceedings of Jason Rohde for the murder of Susan, and of staging her death as a suicide.

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Kathryn’s testimony will be free from media access.

Kathryn is a vulnerable child and is reluctant to testify.

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Sotloff said that that we are all volatile at some time in our lives, but believes Rohde is not a volatile personality.

She said that Van der Spuy responded to the court’s directions “rudely, raising his voice, shaking his body and shaking his finger in the air”.

She found the conduct “disrespectful” and said it would not be tolerated.

She adjourned earlier today for everybody to calm down.

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She said that even though that information is already before her on record, she would allow the witness to place his evidence before the court for the sake of fairness.

However, when it became evident that the witness was not confining himself self to placing evidence in mitigation and Advocate van der Spuy “continued to protest Mr Rohde’s evidence”, she reminded him that he is place before her factors in mitigation of sentence after he was found guilty of murder Differently put, it is information she will consider in considering the appropriate sentence.

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Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe came back after lunch and said that when the court convened this this morning the specialist psychiatrist Kevin Stoloff was called to give evidence that was already by and large before court from previous testimony.

This related to Rohde’s absence from court on February 5 while he was being treated for severe depression.

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So Van Der Spuy and his colleague Advocate Tony Mostert are sitting in court figuring out what happens next after Judge Salie- Hlophe’s abrupt departure.

Court resumes at 2.15pm.

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Gayaat-Salie says he has pursued the point sufficiently, but VD Spuy says now his examination of Stoloff has been interrupted.

“Sorry does the court wish to interrupt me as well now?” he asks.

The judge takes exception to VD Spuy waving a finger at her, and adjourns.

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Jude Salie-Hlophe wants to know what Rohde clinic situation has to do with evidence in mitigation of sentence.

“This is not a bail application,” she says. VD Spuy says it is germaine to the case and shows Rohde’s illingness to cooperate.

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Asked to come to court on 6th to exlplain letter written on the 5th.

– Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe interupts. Requests information relevant to going forward with sentencing.

“A lot of this information has been dealt with already, is already before me. the purpose of these proceedings is to get evidence in mitigation,” Salie-Hlophe says.

“This is not a bail application.”

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Stoloff says when he saw Rohde in January he was experiencing a severe major depressive episode, and was expressing suicidal thoughts. Stoloff said he was worried about Rohde and recommended medication and Rohde agreed to be admitted to Crescent to recover.

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Police showed up at his office, saying Rohde needs to come to court. Telephoned his attorneys. They confirmed court order, but could not show it.

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Cognitively, he was not working sharply enough to represent himself adequately at that time (in court).
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31 January assessment: assessed Rohde, he was extremely depressed, almost monosyllabic, unable to concentrate fully. Hopeless and despairing about the future.

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Mr Rohde does not have a psychotic illness.

He was not insecure.

Stoloff says Rohde is even tempered, in that he is neither volatile nor disregulated (unstable) and there is no history of him being prone to outbursts rage. He is the person who backs down and walks away.

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“He does not externalise blame. This is evident in enourmous guilt,” – Stoloff reads.

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Stoloff said Rohde was unshaven, in slip slops, concerned about the welfare of his children. He did not have symptoms of severe depression, not suicidal and expressed some hopefulness for the future. In stark contrast to severe depression of January, when he was treated.

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Stoloff has prepared a report regarding Jason Rohde and it is handed up as an exhibit. It is the history of his involvement with Rohde as his treating psychiatrist from 8 September 2016, to present.

Last saw him on 13 November in hospital wing of Pollsmoor, unshaven.

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Rohde’s defence is taking the court through specialist psychiatrist Dr Stoloff’s credentials after he graduated from UCT. This includes work in Manchester, London, Hertfordshire, including Wormwood Scrubs prison.

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Do not intend to call the accused himself.

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Defence confirms other witnesses they intend to call to the stand:

– Do intend to call the eldest daughter of the accused, Kathryn Rohde.

– Two colleagues/friends of the accused.

– Mother of the accused – Brenda Rohde

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All rise. The Rohde pre-sentencing resumes.

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However, their three daughters might.

The eldest, Kathryn, is a second-year university student and the twins finish writing their matric exams this week.

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