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Rohde: Divorce regularly brought up during arguments with wife

Jason Rohde is accused of strangling his wife at a work conference held at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch in July 2016.

Property mogul Jason Rohde in court during his murder trial. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Alleged killer Jason Rohde says that he regularly brought up the possibility of divorce during arguments with his wife Susan after she had learnt that he was cheating on her.

While testifying in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday, he said he did this out of anger during heated moments.

Rohde is accused of strangling his wife at a work conference held at the Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch in July 2016.

He, however, disputes this and claims that she committed suicide.

During cross examination, the State asked Rohde to demonstrate how he found his wife's body hanging behind the bathroom door of their hotel suite.

A female police officer was asked to assist.

Rohde seemed reluctant to wrap a cord around her neck, telling the court that he did not want to hurt the officer.

He couldn't provide the court with details of how many times the cord was knotted around Susan's neck when he found her and adds he wasn't focused on that aspect at the time.

Rohde disputes the testimony of a handyman who was called to open the locked door the morning of the tragedy, who previously testified that his wife was found lying naked, on her back, when they opened the door.

The accused says that after forcing the door open, he found his deceased wife crouching forward with the cord that was attached to a hook behind the bathroom door, tied tightly around her neck.