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Wife killer Jason Rohde to live in Plettenberg Bay after bail ruling

His legal team is now scrambling to get him out of custody as soon as possible following the SCA’s decision to release him on R200,000 bail on Wednesday.

FILE: Former Sotheby’s executive Jason Rhode appeared in the Western Cape High Court where he pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Convicted wife killer Jason Rohde is celebrating a victory after his bail bid, pending the outcome of the appeal of his conviction, was successful.

His legal team is now scrambling to get him out of custody as soon as possible following the Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA) decision to release him on R200,000 bail on Wednesday.

The businessman is fighting his 20-year prison term handed down by the Western Cape High Court for his wife’s 2016 murder in Stellenbosch. But he continued to maintain his innocence.

Rohde will live in Plettenberg Bay when he is released on bail.

His release comes with conditions such as having to report to the Plettenberg Bay police station twice a week, and he should notify the station commander when he plans to travel to Cape Town and Johannesburg to attend court appearances or for business matters.

The High Court initially dismissed his bid for bail, which prompted the former property mogul to approach the SCA. He asked the court to grant him bail to afford him an opportunity to save his business, generate an income and maintain his three children financially.

Rohde’s lawyer Tony Mostert said they welcomed the SCA’s decision.

“We are obviously overwhelmed by the news and have every confidence that he was entitled to bail and the courts have endorsed our case,” he said.