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Christopher Panayiotou finds out today if he will be granted bail

Jun 24, 2016
Christopher Panayiotou finds out today if he will be granted bail

Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of orchestrating the faked hijacking and subsequent murder of his teacher wife, Jayde, in April last year, is expected to find out on Friday in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court if his lengthy latest bail attempt succeeded.

The hearing has had several postponements since it started. 

In its closing arguements, the State argued that Panayiotou’s legal team had not presented anything new to the court that could warrant bail and were instead re-hashing old facts that they used in his previous failed bail bid.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton, who is preciding, last year refused Panayiotou bail arguing that he was likely to tamper with evidence and that he was a flight risk.

The State also argued that Panayiotou’s new application needed to prove the existence of new facts against the findings made at the Grahamstown High Court where his bail appeal was rejected.

It also sought to disprove the defence’s claim that Luthando Siyoni, who has since turned State witness, was assaulted by the police to get a confession out of him.

The defence argued that the evidence of Siyoni be excluded, because he was “severely beaten” into making a confession that implicated Panayiotou.

The State also furnished the defence with an affidavit supplied by former cop, Leon Eksteen. This statement deals with the alleged threat of disinheritance by Panayiotou’s father, Costa. But Costa Panayiotou has previously denied ever passing a comment to Eksteen questioning his son’s involvement in Jayde’s disappearance.

The murder case was moved to the Port Elizabeth High Court for trial in May, which is expected to begin on 3 October.