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Jayde Panayiotou killer to serve out his other sentence before applying for bail

JUNE 9, 2015
Jayde Panayiotou killer to serve out his other sentence before applying for bail

The alleged hitman in the Jayde Panayiotou murder, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, who is expected to lodged a claim against police for assaulting him during his arrest, according to his attorney, Anne Swanepoel, might not be applying for bail after all.

Swanepoel said that her client would first have to serve out the remaining sentence for a previous case, but that once his sentence was finished he would then be applying for bail. 

"His current sentence runs until the 16th of January next year, so as soon as that comes to an end we will apply for bail in this case," she said.

Vumazonke had been convicted in July 2011 of theft and possession of a stolen firearm, for which he had been sentenced to five years in prison. He was released on parole in October 2013 after serving two-and-a-half years of his sentence in St Albans Prison.

He was then arrested in December last year for his involvement in a robbery at Dales Liquor in the Mount Pleasant suburb of Port Elizabeth, while still on parole, but was released on bail four months ago.

Correctional Services confirmed that he should not have been granted bail, and his parole should have been revoked, but attributed the lapse to Vumazonke giving them a different name to avoid them detecting that he was on parole.

It was while he was out on bail that Vumazonke is alleged to have been hired by Christopher Panayiotou, through middleman Thando Siyoli, to kill Jade. Vumazonke is believed to have abducted Jayde, 29, from outside her home on April 21.

She was found murdered her in a deserted veld, shot twice in the back and once, at close range, in the head.

Panayiotou's defence attorney, Terry Price, described Vumazonke as looking like he had gone 15 rounds with Floyd Mayweather during Panayiotou's bail application. Bail was denied on Friday last week.

Vumazonke is expected to appear in court with Panayiotou and Siyoli on June 19.