Jayde Panayiotou's alleged killer to sue State for police assault

MAY 25, 2015

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, who is the alleged triggerman in the murder of Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, is reportedly planning to sue the state for assault.

On 5 May, Vumazonke appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court – with visible bruises and swelling on his face. He told the judge that he had been beaten by the police.

His lawyer on Monday reportedly confirmed that he will be suing for a “massive amount”. The lawyer claims Vumazonke was beaten up by police officers to get a confession out of him.

Vumazonke was allegedly hired by Jayde's husband, Christopher, to kill her.

The National Prosecution Authority (NPA) on claims that Vumazonke was assaulted by police.

Previous revelations claimed that he had tried to flee from arrest – which was taken as the explanation of the bruising.

Meanwhile, Panayiotou's bail hearing continues on Tuesday.

Vumazonke and alleged middleman, Thando Siyoli - who has reportedly turned State witness , are set to appear for the first time with Christopher on 19 June.

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