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Another suspect expected in court today for Jayde's murder

Jul 19, 2016
Another suspect expected in court today for Jayde's murder

A suspect in his thirties is expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on a charge of murder after he was arrested on Sunday at his parental home in Greenbushes, Port Elizabeth, in connection with the murder of Port Elizabeth school teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, in April last year.

Jayde was the wife of Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who together with his alleged accomplices, suspected triggerman Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, are awaiting the start of their trial for plotting her murder. 

Police reportedly arrested the suspect after cellphone plotting placed him at the Stellen Glenn complex, in Kabega Park, at the time that the alleged kidnapping of Jayde took place.

The suspect was essentially at the crime scene together with Vumazonke and Nenembe.

In June, after a lengthy bail hearing in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, Magistrate Abigail Beeton refused Panayiotou bail arguing that his legal counsel had not given any new independent evidence to show his innocence, which therefore means no exceptional circumstances exist to warrant bail. 

The trial is due to begin on October 3, in the Port Elizabeth High Court, and is expected to last for two months.

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