Panayiotou's business can run without him - State

2015-05-26 18:47
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Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou’s claims that he should be given bail because his prison cell is in a poor condition and he has a business to run do not stand, the State argued in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Marius Stander said during Panayiotou’s bail application that there was nothing exceptional about these circumstances and that he should be kept in custody because he was a flight risk.

On the point raised about St Albans prison, Stander said these conditions related to communal cells, which did not apply because Panayiotou was in a single cell.

He questioned why the defence had not brought an application against correctional services.

The accused had stated he had a 10% share in an OK Grocer store and that 60 people stood to lose their jobs.

But Stander said he found it very hard to believe that Panayiotou’s father, as the 45% shareholder, would allow the business to go down because of the unavailability of the lesser shareholder.

His father had also never mentioned the concern of running the business in his son’s absence in his affidavit, which the State believed was because he wouldn’t have been able to substantiate the claim.

The prosecutor said Panayiotou was in the same position as many others who were detained.

Charges

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 the 29-year-old Riebeek College teacher Jayde Panayiotou on April 21.

The State emphasised that her husband was familiar with travelling overseas and felt he had not been forthcoming about applying for his Cypriot passport and having dual citizenship.

His lawyer, Terry Price, pointed out that there was no evidence that his client had received the passport.

Stander conceded, but said the passport was issued just six weeks before the murder.

It also emerged in court on Tuesday that his bouncer and alleged middleman, Luthando Siyoli, was in the process of negotiating a plea bargain with the State. 

The bail application will resume at 09:00 on Wednesday.

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