Panayiotou bail verdict remanded until Friday - As it happened

2015-06-04 08:37

Magistrate Abigail Beeton has remanded the verdict on Christopher Panayiotou's bail application until Friday morning, stating she will present her judgment, but not her reasons.

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04 Jun 12:35

04 Jun 12:19
Panayiotou chatting to Price and attorney Theuns Roelofse.

04 Jun 12:15

The case is remanded to Friday. She tells Panayiotou that he will only find out the decision tomorrow, but not her reasons.

Court is adjourned.

Case resumes tomorrow at 10:00.


04 Jun 12:15

Price has indicated that he is happy with Beeton giving her finding tomorrow with a full explanation and reasons submitted to record.

Stander has indicated he concurs.

Beeton is now addressing Christopher Panayiotou.


04 Jun 12:12

She points out that she is aware that Price has other obligations, and that she had committed to finalise the matter, but she was concerned.

Beeton says that she would like to present tomorrow, with the full reasoning submitted at a later date.


04 Jun 12:11
Following the clarity she has received regarding her questions, Magistrate Beeton wants to reconsider her decision.

04 Jun 12:10

Stander stands up and says, with regards to the dropped application (to view the affidavit), the affidavit he was reading from was in any case the investigating officer’s.

Beeton says she has a draft judgment in front of her, but she does not know if she can proceed.


04 Jun 12:08

04 Jun 12:07
Price says in the interests of finality he will not say anything further.

04 Jun 12:07

She points out that she was merely asking for clarity.

“I am bound by the affidavits before me, but I am entitled to ask questions for clarity," she says.


04 Jun 12:06
Beeton also states that the information regarding the motive is, in any case, in the investigating officer’s first affidavit.

04 Jun 12:04
Beeton says to Price, that he should keep in mind that his case is actually closed, and he was not actually entitled to make the application.

04 Jun 12:03

Price is also taking issue with the confession of accused number 1, Thando Siyoli, and says he needs to get clarity over the confession, as “this is not in affidavit”.

Beeton is addressing the issue of the motive.


04 Jun 12:02

Beeton stops and looks at Price.

Price now stands. He says he would like to withdraw his application to see the new affidavit.

He feels that it is taking up way too much time.


04 Jun 12:00

Beeton tells Price to wait, as she wants to check something before they proceed.

Beeton is reading through a thick file in front of her. The court is silent waiting for her to proceed.


04 Jun 11:57
Price stands up.

04 Jun 11:56
The court grows quiet.

Magistrate Beeton re-enters, and court is back in session...

04 Jun 11:50
“The constant hum of chatter is punctuated by the constant recurring clicks of camera shutters,” News24’s Derrick Spies says as reporters wait for proceedings to pick up again.

Both families have stopped chatting, and are sitting quietly, expectantly.

04 Jun 11:48

And the Magistrate has ducked back out.

Court 26 is packed again as the bail application for murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou, following a short power outage.

A heated back-and-forth between Prosecutor Marius Stander and Advocate Terry Price led to Stander revealing in court, just before the power tripped, that an affidavit in the State's possession may point to a motive for the murder of Jayde Panayiotou, just before the power tripped.

Price has revealed that he will file an application to see the affidavit, stating that the State has now waived its privilege by referring to the document in court.

The court is just waiting for Magistrate Abigail Beeton to return.


04 Jun 11:43

News24's Derrick Spies says people are filing back into the court now.

Report from court staff is that the court recording machine was unaffected by the trip.

Magistrate Beeton has re-entered the court.


04 Jun 11:16

Price is now chatting to Christopher Panayiotou and his family as court staff attend to the power issue.

Reporters at the scene say it is not loadshedding, but a mere trip.


04 Jun 11:13

Court is adjourned for 15 minutes, cutting short a heated back-and-forth between Prosecutor Marius Stander and Advocate Terry Price.

Court staff are quickly reviewing the recordings.


04 Jun 11:12

Power has tripped in the courthouse. This means the recording machine has stopped working.

It is unclear, at this stage, if it is planned loadshedding in the area.


04 Jun 11:10
He says Stander has now quoted the document and has as such waived privilege.

04 Jun 11:09

Stander stands up, and says he is not afraid to say that he does have such an affidavit.

Price pounces. He says Stander has now referred to such an affidavit and he now wants to see it.

Price says he wants to file an application to the court to access the document.


04 Jun 11:07

“Who is the State going to call to say that my client wanted to get rid of Jayde because he could not afford her?

“If there have been statements made to that effect, I want to see it.”


04 Jun 11:06

With regards to financial records...

Price asks, “Why did Stander not ask for the books before?”

He turns back to the magistrate, and says they are asking, very carefully, for her to ignore the speculation.


04 Jun 11:05

Price now addressing Siyoli as a 204 witness.

He says with 'all due respect', with what Beeton has in front of her, the State should not be too happy with their case.

"If accused number 1 folds, their case folds."


04 Jun 11:04

“All the State is producing is speculation,” says Price.

“There is a smell in this courtroom and I suspect that it will continue into the trial.”


04 Jun 11:03
Price also points out that there is no affidavit in front of the court from Coutts.

04 Jun 11:02

Price now questions the State’s logic about his client’s inheritance:

“What they have said is a lie.

“Where is the logic in buying a house for Jayde, if he wanted to get rid of his wife?”


04 Jun 11:02
Price now stands...

04 Jun 11:01
Stander points to an additional comment by the Investigating Officer that says that Jayde was spending too much money, and that Panayiotou could not adhere to the demands from both the wife and his girlfriend.

04 Jun 11:00

Stander refers to the Investigating Officer's statement which says that Panayiotou stood to be disinherited if he continued with the affair.

Beeton says she still does not understand. “Why not just get divorced?” she asks.

Stander says it is an option but it is an easier option just to kill his wife.


04 Jun 10:59
Stander says that the State will show that Panayiotou was in a position where he could not divorce Jayde.

04 Jun 10:58

Beeton says that Panayiotou has indicated that he was married with an Anti-Nuptial Contract without accrual (accumulation).

"Normal people in this position just get divorced," she says.

She asks Stander if he has an answer to that...


04 Jun 10:57
“The State has a motive and the State will prove it's motive,” says Stander.

04 Jun 10:56
Magistrate Beeton is now asking about motive.

04 Jun 10:55

Stander now turns to the issue of the Cypriot travel documents.

Stander says that, in connection to the travel documents, he knew that the documents were in the possession of the defence and the State was not opposed to the fact that the documents were locked in a safe.


04 Jun 10:55
Stander says that Siyoli was arrested, and it then became known that he had information with regards to the case against Christopher Panayiotou, he was brought to the investigating officers and was immediately provided legal representation.

04 Jun 10:49

“Although Siyoli was arrested at the Infinity Club, he was not arrested by the investigating team.”

Stander now reveals that there is in fact a deal that has been struck with Siyoli and he is now a section 204 witness.


04 Jun 10:48
“Siyoli was never arrested by members of the investigating team,” Stander says.

04 Jun 10:48
Stander is now addressing the issue of accused number 1 Siyoli's confession:

04 Jun 10:48
Prosecutor Stander adds that cell phone tracking still requires a court order to obtain the information. He says that this could take up to 7 days.

04 Jun 10:46

Stander: “At no stage do we physically need the handset to track Panayiotou’s previous whereabouts.”

Christopher Panayiotou listens intently as the prosecution and defence go back and forth.


04 Jun 10:44
Stander rebuts, saying he never said that the witnesses would be murdered, but that they would be unduly influenced.

04 Jun 10:44
Price stresses that when Stander discussed the application of a warrant for live tracking he said "no one’s life is in danger here."

04 Jun 10:43

“Should the State ever want to check if my client was where he was not supposed to be, the phone can be handed over to the State.

" The state could then check the GPS to determine where he is."


04 Jun 10:42
He points out that he was perhaps at fault, as he was the one that referred to the (costly) live tracking. What he meant is that the phone can be used to locate Panayiotou.

04 Jun 10:42
Price now clarifying the cell phone issue:

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