Magistrate postpones Panayiotou bail hearing - As it happened

2015-05-20 10:20

Magistrate Abigail Beaton has postponed Christopher Panayiotou's bail hearing to Thursday.

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20 May 12:48
Live updates will continue on Thursday when Panayiotou's hearing continues. Cheers for now.

20 May 12:23

20 May 12:19
Roelofse has indicated that Advocate Terry Price will be available to resume his duties in the case from tomorrow (Thursday).

20 May 12:11
Panayiotou lawyer says he's happy to go ahead. But magistrate says she's not comfortable, postpones case until tomorrow (Thursday).

20 May 12:02
Defense and Prosecution have taken their seats in front and Panayiotou's been brought back.

20 May 11:59
Court proceedings about to get underway again. Court packed. Media battling to find seats as members of the public have filled the two available benches.

20 May 11:39

20 May 11:31
Panayiotou speaks to his lawyer.

20 May 11:14
Beaton indicated that whoever proceeded with the defence would have to see it through to the end.

20 May 11:11
Before court adjourned Roelofse said that he was not sure that he would be able to contact Price between now and then as Price is apparently flying into Port Elizabeth so was not sure if he would be able to give any additional feedback to the court.

20 May 11:05
Court adjourns to 12:00.

20 May 11:05
"I'm concerned about my court time... What makes your client special?" - Magistrate to Panayiotou's defence.

20 May 11:04

Beaton is saying that the court has been inconvenienced by this and that other bail applicants were being denied access to the court as a result.

Beaton has given Roelofse an hour to find out from Price if he will be able to proceed with the matter.


20 May 11:02
After court resumed, Magistrate Beaton said that Roelofse is speaking with a forked tongue as he is calling for a postponement till 2pm but she points out that nothing will change till then.

20 May 10:48

Representatives of AfriForum have clashed with media representatives in court during the break. They have told media that they need to move and make space for members of the public who want to attend the court case.

At the same time one of the family members, who left the court during the break, has had an altercation with a member of DA Women's Network who took her seat in the front row.

The DAWN woman then moved further down on the front bench but had to be asked to leave by the court orderly as she was in another family member's seat.


20 May 10:31
Court adjourns for 15 minutes to allow defence to consult with Panayiotou.

20 May 10:30
Beaton to the defence: I'm not going to allow any stalling of time. Really I'm not happy.

20 May 10:30
Panayiotou speaks to his lawyer. Photo by Derrick Spies.

20 May 10:29

Stander says the two affidavits in question by the defence relate to allegations of an unknown man who allegedly made contact with Panayiotou and offered to make evidence disappear. The other is an affidavit from Cyprus in relation to his status and passport.

Stander says the state had tracked the unknown man down last night hence the delay in the submission of the affidavit


20 May 10:27
Stander has stepped in and has indicated that of the five affidavits submitted three were submitted timeously.

20 May 10:25
Beaton says that since Griebenow entered an affidavit on his behalf he is not allowed to represent him in court which is why Price had represented him.

20 May 10:24

Roelofse says that they will maintain their position that the matter stands down until 14:00 this afternoon.

Beaton is now addressing Panayiotou directly. He says he is trying to understand what is going on.


20 May 10:22
Magistrate: "I do not want to see a case where the accused later on claims he's not been afforded a fair trial."

20 May 10:21

Beaton says her concern is with relation to the representation of Panayiotou and that she was not happy with the change of representation.

She says she has to decide whether to proceed or not.


20 May 10:21
Stander says there is no need to stand down and waste the court's time as the State can read their case into record and that after that the defence can proceed.

20 May 10:19
Prosecutor wants to read his case into the record.

20 May 10:19
Roelofse has now asked for a postponement to this afternoon (Wednesday) to take instruction.

20 May 10:18
Beaton is not impressed with the defence, saying that they are playing for time.

20 May 10:18
Stander suggests State should go ahead with its case. Defence disagrees, ask that case stands down until later on Wednesday.

20 May 10:17
Roelofse has indicated that he would be asking for a postponement as there were five affidavits filed by the State and they have not had time to respond.

20 May 10:16
Beaton said that Price had not informed court that he would not be present and she was concerned that Panayiotou would not be fairly represented.

20 May 10:15
Advocate Roelofse says Panayiotou is happy that he represents him. But defence now wants postponement.

20 May 10:14
Stander has indicated that Advocate Terry Price would not be representing Panayiotou today and would be replaced by Advocate Roelofse. Magistrate Beaton isn't happy about this.

20 May 10:13
Prosecutor Stander addresses the court.

20 May 10:12
Magistrate has just arrived and court has started.

20 May 10:10
Griebenow exchanging a few more words with Panayiotou. Still no sign of Magistrate Abigail Beaton.

20 May 10:05
State prosecutor Marius Stander and investigating officer Kanna Swanepoel chat ahead of proceedings.

20 May 10:04
No sign of advocate Terry Price today. It appears Griebenow will be handling proceedings on behalf of Panayiotou today (Wednesday).

20 May 10:03
Meanwhile, protesters from the DA Women's Network are back outside the court with "justice for Jayde" posters.

20 May 10:00
Panayiotou looks haggard and pale. He is staring resolutely in front of him in the accused box while media jostle to get photos of him before court proceedings begin.

20 May 09:58
He has a brief exchange with defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow.

20 May 09:57
Christopher Panayiotou has entered court wearing his black suit.

20 May 09:55

20 May 09:49
The accused's lawyer is now back in court.

20 May 09:44
Still no sign yet of the accused in the courtroom.

20 May 09:42

Panayiotou's alleged mistress, Chanelle Coutts had a nervous breakdown, her legal rep says.

Danie Gouws, a Port Elizabeth lawyer, confirmed last weekend that he had been assigned to look after Chanelle Coutts's interests.

Panayiotou's lawyer, Advocate Terry Price, said it was “good that Coutts appointed a lawyer because the State is bullying her because they don’t have witnesses”.


20 May 09:24
Some of the large media contingent in court. Photo from News24's Derrick Spies.

20 May 09:18
Brief exchange between defence attorney Alwyn Griebenow and Costa Panayiotou (Christopher's dad) before proceedings start.

20 May 09:17

Panayiotou had bought a house in a sought-after area in Port Elizabeth that he was going to move into with Jayde.

The house has four large bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a massive open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with a built-in braai, reported The Times.


20 May 09:13

A woman who has been linked to murder accused Christopher Panayiotou, Chanelle Coutts, may be called to testify for the State in the upcoming trial.

Coutts works as an assistant manageress at the Algoa Park OK Grocer, which is run by Panayiotou and which he has a 10% share in.

Port Elizabeth lawyer Danie Gouws confirmed that he had been assigned to look after the interests of Coutts and that he had been informed that she would be a State witness.

"It really is important to make a distinction here. She is not a section 204 witness, namely a witness who is party to the crime and is turning State witness in exchange for a lesser sentence, but rather that the state prosecutor has indicated that she may be called upon to give testimony during the court case for the State," he said.

Gouws also indicated that he would be looking at cases of civil defamation for Coutts, following allegations that she was having an affair with Panayiotou.

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