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State calls for trial judge to be allocated to Jason Rohde's murder case

Rohde was arrested after his wife Susan's body was found in the bathroom of their hotel room, at the Spier Estate near Stellenbosch, in July last year.

Murder accused Jason Rohde leaves the Western Cape High Court on 18 August 2017. Picture: Shameila Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Real estate executive Jason Rohde will make another appearance in the Western Cape High Court next month ahead of his trial that is expected to commence in October.

Rohde made a brief appearance in court on Friday for a pre-trial hearing.

He was arrested after his wife Susan Rohde's body was found in the bathroom of their hotel room, at the Spier Estate near Stellenbosch, in July last year.

Her death was initially thought to be suicide, but a post-mortem found she died of manual strangulation.

The State has called for a trial judge to be allocated as soon as possible.

Both the prosecution and the defence say they've got issues that they need to raise with the judge before the trial commences.

They, however, didn't elaborate on what these issues are.

The State claims Rohde and his wife had an argument at a social gathering in July last year.

Later that morning, Rohde informed hotel reception that the bathroom door in his room was locked.

A handyman was sent to unlock the door and Susan’s body was found with a hair iron cord around her neck.

The state argues Rohde tampered with the crime scene by locking the bathroom door and placing the cord of a hair straightener around her neck, to make it appear as if she committed suicide.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)