Christopher Panayiotou in third attempt for bail

MAY 17, 2016

Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who stands accused of planning the faked hijacking that resulted in the murder of his wife, Jayde Inggs, is expected in the Port Elizabeth's Magistrate's Court to make a third bail attempt on Tuesday.

His legal representation on Monday said that new facts had since emerged that could result in bail for their client.

In June last year, Panayiotou, was denied bail by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.

He appealed the decision in July in the Grahamstown High Court when Panayiotou’s legal team launched a scathing attack on Magistrate Abigail Beaton, saying she had erred on a number of fronts when she made the decision to deny their client bail. 

Beaton ruled that Panayiotou could be a flight risk and that there was a chance he could interfere with state witnesses. Her decision was upheld by the Grahamstown High Court.

Just more than a year since the murder of Jayde, the case against Panayiotou and his two co-accused, alleged triggerman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, and his accomplice, Sinethemba Nenembe, was on Monday transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court for trial.

The pre-trial conference is expected on July 26 and the trial will kick off on October 3 and last until December 2.