Sentencing proceedings for former property mogul Jason Rohde, who was found guilty of the murder of his wife Susan had been delayed due to load shedding. File picture.
Cape Town - Sentencing proceedings for former property mogul Jason Rohde, who was found guilty of the murder of his wife Susan and defeating the ends of justice had been delayed due to load shedding. 

On Wednesday, Rohde arrived dressed in a suit expecting proceedings to get under way but was led back down to the holding cells nearly as soon as he arrived in court due to load shedding. Rohde had been in Pollsmoor Prison since being convicted by Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe on November 8.
 
Susan was found dead in a locked bathroom in a room she shared with Rohde on July 24, 2016 at the Spier Wine Estate Hotel. 

She was found with an electronic cord wrapped around her neck. The cord had been tied to the hook of the bathroom door.

Western Cape High Court Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe had  at the time   said: “The State proved beyond reasonable doubt your version is not possibly reasonably true.”

Rohde previously indicated that his daughters might testify in mitigation of sentence. His lawyers apparently requested his eldest daughter's evidence be given in camera, thus preventing the public and press from being in court.

Court proceedings is expected to continue at 12:30 when load shedding is hoping to be complete.

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