Panayiotou mistress pregnancy rumours 'absurd'

2015-05-21 06:09
Christopher Panayiotou heads down to the holding cells. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Christopher Panayiotou heads down to the holding cells. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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

Johannesburg - Christopher Panayiotou, accused of master-minding the murder of his wife Jayde, had an on and off relationship with his employee Chanelle Coutts.

This was according to his lawyer Alwyn Griebenow on Wednesday, Netwerk24 reported.

On speculation that Coutts could be pregnant, Griebenow said: "If she is pregnant Christopher is not aware of it."

Coutts's lawyer, Danie Coutts, dismissed the rumours of pregnancy and tests as "absurd".

Coutts, the personnel manager at the OK Grocer in Algoa Park, was not at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court where Panayiotou was applying for bail.

Panayiotou, 28, Thando Siyoli, 31 and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, were arrested in the days following Jayde's disappearance.

She was last seen waiting outside their home in Kabega Park for her lift to Riebeeck Park High School on Tuesday, April 21. She was found dead outside Kwanobuhle township in Uitenhage the following day.

Panayiotou is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder; robbery with aggravated circumstances; kidnapping; murder; and defeating the ends of justice.

Magistrate Abigail Beaton postponed the matter to Thursday because of confusion over who was representing Panayiotou.

Advocate Theuns Roelofse told the court that advocate Terry Price would resume his duties as Panayiotou's lawyer.

Price was not in court on Wednesday when Panayioyou's bail application was meant to continue.

He was in Johannesburg and expected to fly to Port Elizabeth on Wednesday afternoon.

Beaton said she was not happy with the substitution.

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.