The defence for convicted murderer Jason Rohde believes the State failed to prove their client’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

Rohde was sentenced to an effective 20 years in prison last month for the murder of his wife Susan.

Her lifeless body was found in a room of the upmarket Spier wine farm in July 2016.

Rohde’s lawyer filed an application in the Cape High Court for leave to appeal against his murder conviction and sentence.

Rohde was also found guilty of defeating the ends of justice.

Lawyer Daniel Witz says a court date must still be set for the matter to be argued.

He says, “We are now waiting for the state to read the papers and respond as well as the court to give us a date to argue our leave to appeal application. We’ve cross referenced the court transcripts of the trial against the judgment of the conviction and sentencing of Mr Rohde and we raise our concerns with the judges findings on both the conviction of the two counts of murder and defeating the ends of justice. We are appealing the sentencing based on those convictions.”