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Panayiotou trial to resume again in October, alleged mistress expected to take the stand

By Jesica Slabbert - Sep 29, 2017
Panayiotou trial to resume again in October, alleged mistress expected to take the stand

It was a short day in court for disgraced businessman Christopher Panayiotou on Friday, as Defence Advocate, Terry Price, only had a few questions to ask State witness, Lauriska Booi, in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

Panayiotou and his co-accused, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko, are accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of Panyiotou’s wife, Jayde, in April 2015.

Once Booi was excused from the bench, Price stated that when court would next resume on the 16th of October, he intended to call alleged mistress Chanelle Coutts to the stand.

Before ending off proceedings for this leg of the trial though, State prosecutor, Marius Stander, stated that the State wished to re-open their case and call back two witnesses.

The witnesses being, Advocate Malherbe Marais and Advocate Zelda Swanepoel.

This is suspected to be a way for Stander to discredit Defence witness and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Selvan Gounden, who stated that he was not consulted about the sting operation that produced a secret video in which Panayiotou seemingly implicates himself in Jayde’s murder.

The damning video was aired in court after Judge Dayalin Chetty ruled it admissible earlier this year.