Jayde Panayiotou murder case: Adv Price's no show forces adjournment

MAY 20, 2015

Christopher Panayiotou's bail hearing has been postponed to Thursday after Magistrate Abigail Beaton agreed that he be represented by his lawyer, Advocate Terry Price‚ who did not pitch up in court. Advocate Price is reportedly also representing Bob Hewitt - and did not show up, resulting in the appeal hearing being postponed to next month.

The businessman began his bail application last week and Advocate Price read out an affidavit in which he professed his innocence in the abduction and subsequent murder of his wife Jayde last month.

Early on, the bail hearing was adjourned for some minutes after a substitute lawyer appeared for Christopher - with no prior notification to the Magistrate.

Magistrate Beaton said that what was happening was “unethical” as no one had “yet apologised for Mr Price not being here”‚ Herald Live reported. She gave his legal team until noon to find out where Price was and if he was available to appear in court.

She also berrated the defence for trying to buy time.

“I do not want to see a case where the accused later on claims he's not been afforded a fair trial,” she said.

The State has filed five affidavits.

State advocate Marius Stander said  two of the affidavits submitted to the defence this morning, relate to a claim by Panayiotou that he was approached by an unknown individual at St Albans prison, who suggested that for R40 000 he could make evidence disappear.

That person was only traced last night after which he gave a statement.

The second affidavit was from the Cyprus Government about Panayiotou's passport.

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