New affidavit delays Panayiotou bail hearing

2015-05-26 10:29
(Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press)

(Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press)

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Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou’s bail application was adjourned in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday morning after a request by the defence.

His lawyer Terry Price asked for a brief adjournment because he had received an affidavit from the State at a late stage.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton adjourned until 11:15.

Before adjourning, she raised a point about the media.

She said she had been informed that complaints had been lodged against certain media, specifically eNCA and SABC.

Media warning

The complaints related to their conduct in the general court building and not inside the courtroom.

Beeton said she was happy with regards to the conduct in court but warned the media to behave.

Panayiotou, 28, faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder‚ kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the ends of justice. Thando Siyoli‚ 31‚ and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke‚ 30‚ are Panayiotou’s co-accused.

The three are accused of murdering 29-year-old Riebeek College teacher Jayde Panayiotou on April 21.


At his last appearance, the State had given evidence that Panayiotou had been having a sexual relationship and extra-marital affair with Chanelle Coutts, 26.

Panayiotou denied claims that debt could be his motive in his responding affidavit, submitting a list of his assets and liabilities which showed his net worth in February this year had exceeded R3m.

He, however, admitted to having an affair with Coutts for the past three years, but said it had no bearing on the case.

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

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