Twins Josie and Alexandra’s testimony was heard through social worker Rian Perry, who interviewed the women to formulate a victim impact report on the influence their mother’s death had on the family.
Susan was found dead in a locked bathroom in a hotel room she shared with Rohde, an electronic cord wrapped around her neck, on July 24, 2016 at Spier Wine Estate Hotel.
Perry said the twins, 18, found it difficult to talk about their father’s sentencing and had not been able to deal with the loss of their mother due to the trial. They said that they did not want to lose their father as well.
“I told them, ‘You realise that your dad can be in prison?’ and they said yes, but it’s difficult for them to face. The children are torn between mourning their mother while being concerned about their father.