- Jason Rodhe has been sentenced by Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe
- The judge said he tarnish his wife's legacy by staging her murder as a suicide
- She added that Rodhe's actions caused emotional harm to wife's children and family
Jason Rohde has been sentenced an effective 20 year sentence for his wife's murder.
Rodhe was convicted last year of killing his wife Susan in 2016.
The judgment was handed down by the Western Cape High Court.
The killing took place at Stellenbosch's Spir Wine Farm. Rodhe reportedly smothered Susan, and then proceeded to stage the scene as a suicide. However, Rodhe denied responsibility for the crime.
As a result, the judge in the matter sentence him to 18 years for murder, with an additional five for obstructing the ends of justice, according to Eyewitness News.
In her ruling, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe called Rodhe "selfish and self-serving" and said that the incident was a "traumatic experience" for Susan's children and family.
Salie-Hlophe also said that Rodhe had added insult to injury by making out that his wife had killed herself. Partly for these reasons, Salie-Hlophe argued that Rodhe's sentence should send a message and serve as a deterrent.
Salie-Hlophe also rubbished several of the claims put forward by Rodhe's lawyers, such as their argument that a prison sentence for Rodhe would be worse than for others because he was wealthy.
"You sought to tarnish her legacy and by simulating her death as a suicide, you left her loved ones to further suffer in their grief," Salie-Hlophe said.
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