Cape Town – Lawyers representing wife killer Jason Rohde are today expected to apply for leave to appeal yesterday's Western Cape High Court ruling to reject his bail application.
Releasing the former property mogul from Drakenstein prison on bail – pending the outcome of his appeal against his sentence in the Supreme Court of Appeal – would “offend the rule of law and make a mockery of the criminal justice system”, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe said yesterday.
Rohde was handed an effective 20 years' imprisonment for murdering his wife Susan and for defeating the ends of justice for staging her murder as a suicide at Spier Hotel in 2016.
“The case for (Rohde) in support of his bail doesn’t trump the factors warranting his continued incarceration. The administration of justice would be seriously undermined if this court were to grant bail for the reasons advanced and in circumstances where the applicant had been convicted of such a serious and heinous crime.
“The court is not persuaded that the facts before it are sufficiently compelling to justify the interruption of Mr Rohde’s sentence of imprisonment.