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Appeal for leads after Christopher Panayiotou's father Costa gunned down in Uitenhage

Dec 9, 2019
Appeal for leads after Christopher Panayiotou's father Costa gunned down in Uitenhage

Uitenhage - Police in Uitenhage are investigating a case of murder after a businessman aged 67 was fatally shot outside his shop in Uitenhage on Monday morning, at around 1am.

"It is alleged that the businessman, Costa Panayiotou (67) had just closed his shop in Market Street, Uitenhage, and was walking towards his vehicle with his assistant when unknown men accosted him near the Town Hall parking space and fatally shot him," said police spokesperson, Captain Khaya Tonjeni. 

"He sustained a gunshot wound in the upper body. It is also said that the suspects abducted Panayiotou’s assistant (a woman) and also stole his VW Polo.

"Moments later, police recovered a vehicle after it was found abandoned, parked in front of a house in NU-9, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. It is also said that Panayiotou’s assistant was later found in Kwazakhele, Port Elizabeth."

He said that police opened a case of murder, hijacking and abduction with a possibility of additional charges as investigations progress.

"Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects is urged to contact the investigating officer, Detective Captain Josh Victor at 082 319 9204 or 041 922 0723," Capt Tonjeni said.

"The information may also be shared via Crime Stop 08600 10111. All information is strictly confidential and callers have the right to remain anonymous."

Costa Panayiotou is apparently the father of convicted killer, Christopher Panayiotou, who is serving a life sentence for killing his wife, Jayde.

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