Jayde Panayiotou murder case: Christopher's lawyer confident he will get bail

MAY 14, 2015

The lawyer representing Christopher Panayiotou, who stands accused of allegedly orchestrating the abduction and murder of his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, is reportedly confident that his client will be granted bail when he appears in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday.

Christopher, who has spent two weeks now at the St Albans Prison, faces charges of conspiracy to murder, abduction, robbery with aggregated murder and premeditated murder. 

He is awaiting his court appearance on 19 June with two other accused, Luthando Siyoli – the suspected middleman, and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, the alleged triggerman. 

His lawyer says he should be given bail prior to his appearance.

“Despite the fact that the charges are serious, he has been living all his life in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan, he has got businesses here, he has got family here and he has never been arrested before. I do not think there’s any reason why bail should not be granted.

"Remember there is a presumption on innocence that operates in our law and especially in the light of the circumstances they we intend playing before court, I think that he will get bail,” says Alwyn Griebenhouw, told the SABC.

The National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson, Velakhaya Mgobhozi says that they will oppose the bail application.

He says the defence will have to prove that it is in the interest of justice that their client be released.

Siyoli and Zonke, will also appear on the 19th of June. Siyoli, a bouncer at a night club owned by Panayiotou, is believed to have turned State witness.

He helped the police to set up a trap that led to Panayiotou's arrest.

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