Christopher Panayiotou may approach Supreme Court - Read Judge Goosen's full ruling

JULY 29, 2015

Several reports suggest that the legal team of murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou has indicated that they may approach the Supreme Court of Appeal to try and get him bail after his second attempt failed in the Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday when the court upheld an earlier ruling by Port Elizabeth Magistrate, Abigail Beeton.

Panayiotou is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife, Jayde and has been behind bars for three months now following his arrest soon after Jayde was found murdered in April. He faces charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.

On Tuesday, there were tears of joy in the Grahamstown High Court, as Jayde’s family and friends cheered when the judge denied the bail once again. 

Judge Glen Goosens judgement agreed with Magistrate Beeton that Panayiotou is a flight risk, could tamper with evidence and interfere with witnesses and that now exceptional reasons were found for bail.


National Prosecuting Authority Regional Communications Manager Tsepo Ndwalaza says they were well prepared for the case and are satisfied with the outcome.

"This is justice in action. The PA has done enough to convince both courts that the accused should not get bail. We are ready to go to trial and we are happy that the family is relieved." 

About 20 of Jayde's family and friends were dressed in black t shirts with the words "Justice for Jayde". 

Her parents, Michelle and Derick Inggs, clearly show the signs of stress and expressed their relief that Panayiotou will remain behind bars.

"I have been positive since last Monday, that he will not get bail but there is always that fear that little bit of doubt and this (Tuesday) morning I still felt very positive.  Coming to court was very difficult but it has been a good day for us, so we are very happy. It is the way it should have been done," says Michelle Inggs.

The Panayiotou family and his legal team wre not present.

Christopher and the two co-accused, middleman Luthando Siyoli and alleged hitman Sizwe Vumazonke, will appear in the magistrates court again on August 18.