Sotheby's boss's lawyers disappointed after cops 'renege' on arrest deal
This morning Eyewitness News revealed that Rohde was arrested today in connection with his wife’s murder.
JOHANNESBURG - Lawyers for Sotheby's International Realty CEO Jason Rohde say they are disappointed police went on to arrest their client without keeping their end of an agreement that the property mogul would fully cooperate with investigations and hand himself over to them at the time that they wanted to make an arrest.
This morning Eyewitness News revealed that Rohde was arrested today in connection with his wife's murder.
Susan Rohde was found dead, with a cord around her neck, at Spier, an exclusive wine estate in Stellenbosch, late last month.
At first, police treated her death as a suicide. But 11 days later they launched a murder investigation after a postmortem found bruising on her neck, indicating someone had strangled her.
Her husband's attorney Daniel Witz says, "We had an agreement and arrangement that our client would be fully cooperative with the police and at such time when they wanted to make an arrest, we would hand him in."
According to Rohde, when he and his wife woke up on that fateful Sunday morning, she went to the bathroom to get ready, while he fell asleep.
When he later woke up, he says, he was unable to open the bathroom door and called hotel workers for assistance.
When they opened the door, they found her in a kneeling position, with the electrical cord around her neck.
The couple has three teenage daughters, an 18-year-old and 16-year-old twins.