Panayiotou case postponed to August

2015-06-19 10:50
Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court to hear his bail judgment. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court to hear his bail judgment. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - The three men accused of murdering Jayde Panayiotou appeared together in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court for the first time on Friday.

Christopher Panayiotou, 28, Thando Siyoli, 31, and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, will be back in court on August 13.

They stand accused of conspiring to murder Jayde, who disappeared while waiting for a lift to the school where she taught, on April 21. Her body was found the following day.

Appearing briefly before magistrate Jan Steenkamp, the three men appeared tense. Panayiotou's family once again filled the front row, along with Vumazonke's sister.

Jayde's mother Michelle Inngs and sister Toni were also in court, with Toni once again remaining standing as Panayiotou was brought into court.

Public prosecutor Marius Stander told the court the various parties had agreed to have the matter remanded to August 13.

Panayiotou had previously failed to get bail following a drawn-out application in which Magistrate Abigail Beeton said the State's case was “reasonably strong” and “decisive”.

He is expected to appeal against the decision, which will be heard later this month in either the High Court in Port Elizabeth or Grahamstown.

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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.