Jason Rohde was living a charmed life before his arrest for the murder of his wife Susan at Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch in July 2016.
Today, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe found that Jason had strangled and then smothered his wife with a pillow to kill her. Once Susan was dead, the judge said Jason staged a scene in the bathroom of their hotel room to make it look like she had hung herself on the towel hook of the bathroom door.
With an extra-marital affair as a motive to kill her, Jason was ultimately found guilty of pre-meditated murder.
Here are three things to know about the man behind the trial that has gripped the nation’s interest.
- He was the CEO of Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty.
Before his arrest two years ago, Jason was the CEO of the luxury real estate brand before he was notified of his suspension in a group email. His cushy position afforded him a sprawling R10 million Bryanston home a stone’s throw away from the Bryanston Country Club.
- He has three daughters
During Jason and Susan’s marriage they had three daughters: Kate, who was 18 years old at the time of her mother’s murder, and 16-year-old twins who were not named as they were still minors at the time of the murder.
- Pete Mihalik represented him
Jason chose notorious criminal defence attorney Pete Mihalik to defend him during his trial. Mihalik was recently in the news himself after being gunned down while dropping his children off at school. He was shot in the head while sitting in his car outside his son’s school.