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Christopher Panayioutou murder case expected to resume today

MAY 16, 2016
Christopher Panayioutou murder case expected to resume today

The murder case against Port Elizabeth businessman, Christopher Panayiotou, and his two co-accused, alleged triggerman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nemembe, resumes in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court, after suffering yet another postponement at the beginning of the month.

In early April, the State, which is seeking to transfer the case to the High Court in Port Elizabeth, said they could not proceed as Nenembe had appointed a new lawyer.

On May 2, Nenembe shocked the court when a relative announced that he wanted to change his lawyer again.

The case will now be heard on Monday to allow Nenembe to confirm that he indeed has legal representation.

It is hoped that only then can a High Court trial date be set.

Panayiotou and his co-accused appeared in the same court in March in connection with the murder of Jayde Panayiotou, formerly Inggs, who was killed in April last year.

The trio stands accused of the planning and executing a faked hijacking that resulted in the death of loved Port Elizabeth teacher and Panayiotou's wife, Jayde in April 2015.

It is alleged that Panayiotou paid Luthando Siyoli, 31, a bouncer at his nightclub in Algoa Park, R75 000 to hire a hitman Vumazonke, 30, for the murder. Late in October last year, Sinethemba Nenembe, 28, who is related to Vumazonke, was also linked to the case.

Siyoli has since turned State witness. 

To date, the case has suffered numerous postponements. Read more on the case, click HERE.