Fourth suspect in Jayde Panayiotou murder expected again in court

JULY 22, 2016

Murder suspect Zolani Sibeko, who insists his surname is Roxo, is expected to appear again in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday when he will formally appoint private attorney, Louis van Rensburg, to represent him and possibly to apply for bail. The State is expected to oppose any bail.

Sibeko briefly appeared in the same court on Tuesday monring where he was formally charged for conspiracy to commit murder, murder, and abduction after police said they had linked him to the murder of Port Elizabeth school teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, in April last year.

The 35 year-old, who also has an arrest warrant out for him for another alleged crime, was picked up by police on Sunday at his parents' home in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth.

Jayde was the wife of Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who together with his alleged accomplices, suspected triggerman Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, are awaiting the start of their trial for plotting her murder. 

Police claim that through their investigations including cellphone plotting, they placed Sibeko with Vumazonke and Nenembe on the day that they allegedly scouted Jayde's route to her school. 

Cellphone plotting also placed him at the Stellen Glenn complex, in Kabega Park, at the time that the alleged kidnapping of Jayde took place with Vumazonke and Nenembe.

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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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