Jason Rohde appeal application dismissed

Jason Rohde appeal application dismissed

An application for leave to appeal by convicted murderer Jason Rohde was dismissed in the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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Rohde wanted to appeal his conviction and 20-year sentence, which was handed down in the same court in March.


The former property mogul was found guilty of the 2016 murder of his wife, Susan Rohde, and defeating the ends of justice for tampering with the evidence in an attempt to make it look like a suicide.


He was sentenced to 18 years for murder and five years for defeating the ends of justice in the Western Cape High Court, three of which will run concurrently.


The spokesperson for the NPA in the Western Cape, Eric Ntabazalila, says the state opposed the application.

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"The state opposed his application, briefly stating that it believes that there is no other court that will come to a different conclusion. Also that the accused was convicted and was guilty of murder and defeating the administration of justice, as he was the one who killed his wife and he tried to meddle with crime scene to ensure that the police or anyone else who investigated the murder would not be able to pint finger at him.


“After a lengthy argument between two parties, his application was dismissed."


Ntabazalila says Rohde's legal team might be heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal.


"They did indicate during the interviews with the media that they will be heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein. If they do so, we will oppose that application as well."

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