Jayde Panayiotou Murder Case: Defence advocate a no show causes delay

MAY 20, 2015

The bail hearing of murder accused, Christopher Panayiotou, has been delayed till this afternoon after his defence advocate failed to inform the court that he would not be present at the hearing.

According to reports, Magistrate Abigail Beaton accused the defence of trying to buy time after a “substitute” advocate indicted that the 28-year old businessman, who stands accused of planning the murder of his teacher wife Jayde last month, was happy for him to proceed.

Beaton however expressed dissatisfaction, saying she is concerned that the change in representation could result in Panayiotou not being granted a fair trial.

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

State prosecutor Marius Stander then stated that the defence could proceed after they (State) had read their case into record. Beaton however indicated that the defence who proceed with the matter should carry it through, adding that the naming of Panayiotou’s Defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow in one of the affidavits, also makes him unsuitable to continue with the case.

The hearing is expected to commence at 12h00 with the defence having given an hour for the substitute advocate to find out from Price, who is apparently heading back to Port Elizabeth by plane, if he has consent to continue.