Christopher Paniyiotou bail appeal now set for later this month in Grahamstown

JULY 3, 2015

Following squabbles early this week over which court should hear the bail appeal of Port Elizabeth businessman and murder-accused, Christopher Panayiotou, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and his lawyers have finally reached an agreement.

Panayiotou, who is being held at St Albans Prison, is accused of masterminding the faked abduction and subsequent murder of his wife Jayde Panayiotou in April. He was denied bail early in June when Magistrate Abigail Beeton said that he was a flight risk and that he may interfere with witnesses.

However, his legal team launched an appeal last week (read more about it HERE.)

The NPA confirmed that the appeal hearing has been set down for Monday, the 20th of July, in the Grahamstown High Court, in Grahamstown.

On Thursday, his lawyers confirmed to EWN that they prefer the matter be argued in the Grahamstown High Court and said it had nothing to do with avoiding the media.

The NPA had objected, saying there is no reason why the case should be heard away from Port Elizabeth, where the case has been heard ever since.

Panayiotou is believed to have paid up to R70 000 to alleged middleman, Thando Siyoni,  and alleged hitman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, for the killing of Jayde.

They are all in custody awaiting a court hearing in August.

Why Panayiotou is desperate to get out of jail: it is probably important that he gets bail as it was previously revealed that he could spend more than a year in prison awaiting trial.

During his previous bail application, Panayiotou’s legal counsel, advocate Terry Price said that the court rolls were packed and that his client would have to wait till the latter half of 2016 to be tried.

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