Christopher Panayiotou is 'an innocent man being held in solitary confinement': court hears

JULY 20, 2015

Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who stands accused of orchestrating the abduction and subsequent murder of his wife, much-loved teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, is being held in solitary confinement at the St Albans Prison outside of Port Elizabeth.

This was revealed during his bail decision appeal in the Grahamstown High Court on Monday by his new lawyer, Advocate Mike Hellens.

"Christopher Panayiotou is being kept in solitary confinement. He gets released for hour for exercise. He's innocent until proven guilty," Hellens told the court.

Hellens, who is being supported by Advocate Terry Price, sought to poke holes in the State's case against his client and appealed to the court that the State releases the statements obtained from Panayitou's alleged mistress, Chanelle Coutts, and her friend.

Hellens argued that Coutts, in a magazine interview, said she did not implicate Panayiotou - it is the State that says she did.

However, State Advocate Marius Stander has appealed to the court to throw out the application for statements as the Defence never needed them previously nor did they indicate that they would need them prior to this appeal.

Judge Goosen, just before 12pm, asked for short adjournment to rule on the application for the statements.

The Judge has since refused the application and the bail appeal is to continue without additional evidence requested by the Defence.

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