Another suspect arrested for Jayde Panayiotou's murder

JULY 18, 2016

While Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, and alleged accomplices, alleged triggerman Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, await the start of their trial for the alleged murder of Panayiotou's school teacher wife, Jayde, in April last year, another suspect has reportedly been arrested.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told the African News Agency that a man in his thirties was arrested on Sunday at his parental home in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth.

It said that police arrested the suspect through cellphone plotting, which placed him at the Stellen Glenn complex, in Kabega Park, at the time the alleged kidnapping took place.

According to the NPA, the suspect was essentially at the crime scene together with Vumazonke and Nenembe.

The man is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court on Tuesday on a charge of murder.

In June, after a lengthy bail hearing in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, Magistrate Abigail Beeton refused Panayiotou bail arguing that his legal counsel had not given any new independent evidence to show his innocence, which therefore means no exceptional circumstances exist to warrant bail. 

The trial is due to begin on October 3, in the Port Elizabeth High Court, and is expected to last for two months.

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