Jayde Panayiotou murder case: Siyoli remanded to 19 June - emerged was bouncer at Christopher's bar

MAY 7, 2015

The case against the first suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, now identified as Thando Siyoli, 31, was postponed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.

This is Siyoli's second appearance in court after he appeared in the same court last Thursday.

The case has been postponed to June 19 - which means he will appear in the court at the same time with two other suspects, Panayiotou’s husband Chiristopher, 28, and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, who were also remanded to that same day.

It has since emerged that Siyoli was a bouncer at Christopher Panayiotou’s Infinity Cocktail bar in Algoa Park.

He is believed to have played the role of middleman in the abduction-murder of Jayde and will be kept in custody at the Humewood Police station in Port Elizabeth.

The court apparently prohibited the taking of photos and images in the courtroom.

Meanwhile, Christopher, is reportedly on 24-hour watch for fear he might try to commit suicide. He is awaiting his bail hearing at St Albans Prison in Port Elizabeth, reported Netwerk24.

If he is refused bail, he will continue to await trial at the prison. 

It is alleged that Christopher, who was arrested at the same time with Siyoli and appeared in court on Monday, paid Siyoli R80 000 to arrange the abduction and murder.

It was also believed that Siyoli later helped undercover police officers lure Christopher by demanding an additional R5 000 after Jayde's funeral.

Police reportedly pounced on Panayiotou in Uitenhage after he allegedly paid Siyoli the money.