Jayde’s husband admits to copying eulogy as third suspect is arrested

MAY 4, 2015

[Updated] Christopher Panayiotou, husband of slain Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde, appeared this morning in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate Court for the alleged murder of his wife. The case has been remanded to 19 June and he will remain in custody.

Police said a third suspect was arrested on Sunday and the 30-year-old male suspect will appear in court tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Christopher, who has been critised for copying a eulogy he read at his wife's funeral, has stated that he had never been good with words and resorted to Googling the eulogy.

According to Netwerk24, Panayiotou made the claim to his lawyer over the weekend that he took his eulogy from the tribute “My Sweet Wife's Eulogy" written by Charles Atkins about the death of his wife, Jennifer, in 2010.

In the original text, Atkins described his wife as being everywhere and that he had full confidence “she was not gone”.

“Jennifer rides the wind like an elemental force. She can be experienced in the blooming of the flowers of the field. She is the pink-white blossoms of the cherry tree. She is the crest and spindrift of breaking gulf waves. She is the fertile soil of the woods.

“She is the enduring ember of your fire on a cold winter’s night. She is the quantum world and the dynamic energy of all life and consciousness at every moment. In short, Jennifer is everywhere there is love, light, and life.”

Delivering his speech, Panayiotou substituted Atkins’ name with that of his wife before jotting down the remainder of the extract word for word. He also stated that Jayde made him feel like the luckiest man alive, similar to the part in which Atkins said, “She made me feel like the luckiest man on earth... I’ve never quite figured out why she gave her heart to me”.

In a another similarity, Atkins described his wife as a “versatile, capable and deep person” as well as a “master baker who was so good; she could have made Mahatma Gandhi break a fast, with Panayiotou’s version’s defining his wife as someone who could make “Mahatma Gandhi break a fast" and a “versatile, capable and deep person”.

Panayiotou and two other men were arrested last week after Jayde went missing while waiting outside their Kabega Park residence on April 28th for her daily lift to Uitenhage. Her body was discovered the following day in an isolated area near KwaNobuhle with police determining that she had been shot.

One the suspects, later identified as Thando Siyoli, claimed that Panayiotou had paid him R80 000 to kill his wife while the second is due to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court later today.

In the latest development, News24 has reported that people had started protesting outside the court with Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association head, Kobus Gerber, reportedly being asked to leave after holding a miniature noose and brandishing a placard with the words “Mr Zuma, we’ve had ENOUGH”.

Image: SAPS

 

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