Latest Panayiotou murder suspect was already behind bars

2015-10-30 13:04
Jayde Panayiotou. (Facebook)

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Port Elizabeth - The fourth suspect linked to the abduction and murder of Jayde Panayiotou was already in custody at the St Albans Correctional facility in Port Elizabeth, in connection with another murder, when he was linked to the teacher's case.

Sinithemba Nenenbe, 28, appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court on Friday on charges of murder and kidnapping.

Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills said Nenenbe was believed to have assisted alleged hitman, Sizwezhake Vumazonke, to kidnap and kill the 29-year-old school teacher on April 21 this year. She was waiting outside the complex where she lived for a lift to the school where she taught when she was abducted.

- Read more: Another person arrested for Jayde’s murder

Mills said Nenenbe was already in custody in connection with the murder of 72-year-old Denise Webber, when he was linked to Panayiotou’s murder.

Webber was murdered in her Kabega Park home in Port Elizabeth on August 20.

Mills said Nenenbe, who is believed to have graduated with a computer studies degree, had also been linked to an aggravated robbery on a farm near East London earlier in the year.

New evidence

She would not elaborate on what had linked Nenenbe to the case, except to say that detectives had uncovered evidence that "positively linked him to the Panayioutou murder".

Nenenbe will now join Christopher Panayiotou, who is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife, and Vumazonke in court on December 2.

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Vumazonke, who was out on bail when Panayiotou was killed, 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.

Despite still being on parole when he was arrested in connection with the Dales Liquor robbery, he was granted bail.

An employee of Christopher Panayiotou, Luthando Siyoli, 31, who was hired by Panayiotou to act as a middleman and to source a gunman, has since turned State witness and the charges against him have been withdrawn.

Read more on:    jayde panayiotou  |  christopher panayiotou  |  port elizabeth  |  crime

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