Panayiotou expected to make brief court appearance

AUGUST 13, 2015

Update: PANAYIOTOU CASE HEADS TO HIGH COURT IN SEPTEMBER - TRIAL LIKELY APRIL 2016

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Wednesday night said that Christopher Panayiotou's appearance in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court is expected to be brief as investigations are still on-going.

"I know for a fact tomorrow [Thursday] they are appearing in court and it is just for a postponement, and the other issue is the investigation is still going," spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza told News24.

This comes when the NPA confirmed that the State had dropped charges against 31-year-old Luthando Siyoli, the alleged middle man in the murder of Jayde Panayiotou as he will turn State witness.

"I can confirm that, as the NPA, it is a fact that Siyoli is one of [the Section] 204 witnesses at the moment and we will be proceeding that way," Nwalaza said.

"The charges have been dropped against him and he is a [Section] 204 witness for the State and we are confident that he will be working with us closely."

Panayiotou allegedly hired Siyoli, a bouncer in his employ at the Infinity club in Algoa Park, Port Elizabeth, to find a hitman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, to kidnap and murder his wife.

Jayde was kidnapped on Tuesday, April 21, while waiting outside her complex in Kabega Park for her lift to Riebeek College Girls' High School in Uitenhage, where she taught. Her body was found near KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, the next day. 

Panayiotou and Vumazonke are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Thursday in connection with Jayde's murder.

 

---additional reporting News24