Inside the Panayiotou murder case

JUNE 8, 2015

While there was a huge outpouring of relief over social media after the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Friday denied bail to businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife Jayde, we have also learnt that the fight is not over.

“The court's finding is that the applicant has failed to show exceptional circumstances. Bail is refused,” said Magistrate Abigail Beeton. She further said that she will furnish more details about her decision this Friday.

Before delivering her judgment, Beaton said she was mindful of the fact that whatever she decided, an appeal would be lodged against her decision from either the State or the defence.

Panayiotou’s legal counsel, advocate Terry Price, did not immediately confirm whether he would appeal Beaton’s decision.

Still, State Prosecutor, Marius Stander, also said they were ready for any possible application for leave to appeal by the Defense team.

Meanwhile, Panayiotou could spend more than a year in prison awaiting trial, according reports.

During his failed bail application, Price, told Magistrate Beaton that the court rolls were packed and that his client could wait till the latter half of 2016 to be tried.

Panayiotou and his co-accused are due to appear in court together for the first time on 19 June.

In another twist, the man believed to be Jayde’s killer has been confirmed to be preparing to apply for bail.

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke’s lawyer, Anne Swanepoel has told Eyewitness News the outcome of Panayiotou’s bail application makes no difference to her client’s case.

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