Faeces-like marks found next to Susan Rohde’s body, at the bathroom door and at the entrance to the hotel room could be attributed to contamination at the scene, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.
Property mogul Jason Rohde’s trial resumed on Monday, with Dr Izak Loftus, the second forensic pathologist for Jason Rohde's defence team, arguing that his wife Susan could have died from hanging herself rather than being murdered.
Loftus testified that an absence of faeces behind the door‚ from which Susan was found partially hanging‚ could be testimony to the fact that she was still alive by the time Jason raised the alarm at Spier hotel in July 2016.
During cross-examination, prosecutor Louis van Niekerk said he believed Susan was already dead by the time she was on the floor, News24 reported. "The State will argue that Susan was already dead when CPR was started by the accused, and thereafter joined by Mr Thompson."
He said he believed there would have been a period of up to 26 minutes from 8am when she was hanging behind the door, partially suspended, before the door was opened.