State drops charges against Panayiotou's middleman

AUGUST 12, 2015

The State has reportedly withdrawn charges against the alleged middleman in the murder of Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou - just when he was expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court alongside, her husband and alleged hitman on Thursday.

Apparently, 31-year-old Thando Siyoni, who is believed to have been hired by Christopher Panayiotou, appeared in court on Tuesday, where the charges against him were withdrawn after he agreed on a deal to turn state witness.

The Eastern Cape spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority, Tsepo Ndwalaza confirmed to AlgoaFM News that Siyoni was now a State witness.

Siyoni, who was a bouncer at Christopher's Infinity Club, is believed to have been the one who set a trap that nabbed the businessman soon after Jayde's funeral by asking for more money. 

The full details of the deal between the State and Siyoni are not known at this point.

One thing is certain though, the State needs Siyoni on its side after it seemingly losing another crucial witness and Christopher's alleged mistress, Chanelle Coutts.

Early in June, Coutts had reportedly agreed to testify against Christopher before changing her tune by the end of that month and seemingly defended him in interviews with magazines and newspapers.

Christopher and alleged hitman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, are still due make another court appearance on Thursday.

Panayiotou is accused of orchestrating the abduction and murder of his wife in April.

He has so far failed in two bids for bail and is being held at the St Albans Prison outside of Port Elizabeth.