- In a surprising ruling, Jason Rohde has been granted R200 000 bail by the Supreme Court of Appeal
- Rohde is challenging a High Court ruling that declined his bail application pending his appeal in the murder trial
- Convicted of his wife's murder earlier this year, Rohde has maintained his innocence
Jason Rohde was granted R200 000 bail on Wednesday after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in his favour.
The South African reports that Rohde had been challenging a High Court ruling which prevented his release while awaiting his conviction appeal.
AlgoeFMNews reports that, in addition to the steep bail amount, Rohde must report to the Plettenberg Bay police station within two days of his release.
The convicted murderer will now be free to spend Christmas at home, despite being sentenced to 20 years in prison for the death of his wife at the luxurious Spier Wine Estate.
The victim had been found locked inside a bathroom, strangled after a confrontation over an affair.
State prosecutors argued that Susan Rohde's death had been at the hands of her raging husband after his affair had been exposed, a version of events that the court believed to be true.
Nevertheless, Rohde is expected to be released soon, claiming his family would suffer if he was not free to take care of his business.
An affidavit submitted to the court indicated he believed in his chances of a successful appeal on constitutional and legal grounds. The court acknowledged this and subsequently approved his parole, Briefly.co.za gathered.
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