Jayde Panayiotou murder case: Christopher reportedly determined to get bail
Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of masterminding the abduction and murder of his wife, Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, is reportedly set on launching a formal bail application in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Thursday.
Early this week, his lawyer had reportedly indicated that the bail application could be delayed after the State said it needed more time to prepare.
On Monday, Panayiotou’s attorney, Alwyn Griebenow was quoted on EWN as having said that; “They just said they are going to oppose bail and they need to prepare. They’re not ready yet.”
On Wednesday, Griebenow said they were ready and had submitted the necessary documents to the State on Tuesday and were hoping everything will proceed as planned on Thursday.
The Port Elizabeth businessman has spent two weeks in the St. Albans Prison, outside Port Elizabeth, awaiting his court appearance on 19 June with two other accused, Luthando Siyoli – the suspected middleman, and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, the alleged triggerman.
The three are facing charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and conspiracy to commit murder.
At his previous and first court appearance, Christopher had chosen not to apply for bail.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it would oppose bail.
Siyoli, who is being held in the holding cells at the Humewood Police Station, in Humewood, PE, has reportedly turned state witness after he led the police to Panayiotou.
The State reportedly also has a video recording showing Panayiotou meeting with Siyoli, after Siyoli allegedly demanded R5 000 extra for the murder of Jayde – a meeting, which was apparently set up by the police to lure Panayiotou.
Vumazonke is also being held at St. Albans Prison.
Strong legal team
Christopher is reportedly also being represented by Advocate Terry Price, whose clients include rape-accused tennis champion Bob Hewitt.
Price is credited for getting socialite Paris Hilton off the hook in 2010 when she faced dagga charges in PE during the FIFA World Cup.
The Social Media Jury
Many people who have been following the story on Social Media want him not to be granted bail.
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