OVERVIEW: Rohde denied bail, heads back to prison
The sentencing has been postponed until February 18, 2019.
The court adjourns.
Van der Spuy says there is no way we will hear that #Rohde fled to South America, and asks that he be granted bail until sentencing proceedings finished. He would happily wear a security bracelet, visit police station daily. and begs leave for bail. @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Van der Spuys says #Rohde to the letter and to the spirit complied with every single bail condition. He gave his three passports to police, and his asset base has been decimated by the case with just the Plett property left @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Van der Spuy asks leave to stand Kathryn down. Says he can't push her, and she has had too many unfair pressures on her. The Judge tells her says she will try and make this process as painless as possible for her.— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
She lets her step down, and she leaves @TeamNews24
Kathryn is led into the dock. I walked past her at a cafe earlier, she was very polite as she moved her chair to make way for me. She is wearing a cream button up dress with small patterns on. She has however said she does not want to testify. She is too frightened. @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Judge is reading a statement into the record: She says these are the sentencing proceedings of Jason Rohde for the murder of Susan, and of staging her death as a suicide.
Van der Spuy said we have an incredibly vulnerable child here. Caught between the devil and the deep blue sea.— Team News24 (@TeamNews24) 6 December 2018
She is very reluctant to testify (about her dad Jason #Rohde)
Fearful of sanctions, input, comment from friends at uni next year. (@itchybyte)
Van der Spuy says he will call daughter Kathryn #Rohde on condition nothing she says is broadcast or livestreamed. Prosecutor says that re existing order: there has been a conviction; there is no harm and each case must be adjudicated on its own terms @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Van der Spuy says he doesn't believe he has to bring application re whether #Rohde's daughter's evidence is subjected to live streaming. Says court order of 9 Oct 2017, par 4 says none of filming or photographing rights be extended to Rohde children @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Van der Spuy is pointing out that the court started late, prisoners have to go back to Pollsmoor, and he has to prepare Kathryn #Rohde, Jason's daughter for evidence. They are talking dates. VDS also slips in that if there is going to be a long break, he wants bail @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018
Prosecutor Louis van Niekerk also asked if Jason #Rohde's description of his mother as controlling could have had an effect on him. Sotloff said that being controlling is one thing, but it is being harsh or cruel that can be the problem and no indication of that @TeamNews24— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) 6 December 2018