Cape Town - Former Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International CEO, Jason Rohde, convicted of murdering his wife, Susan Rohde, was sentenced to an effective 20 years direct imprisonment by the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town on Wednesday.
Rohde was arrested shortly after Susan's body was found on July 24, 2016, with an electric cord wrapped around her neck, hanging from a hook behind the bathroom door of the room the couple shared at the Spier Wine Estate hotel in Stellenbosch.
He was sentenced to 18 years for murder and 5 years for obstructing the ends of justice, three of the years in the second count would run concurrently with the murder charge.
Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe said: “Susan died a painful and gruesome death. She didn't die immediately. She suffered.
“You executed successive blows and fatal force in the taking of her life,” she said.