High Court trial date set for Panayiotou

2016-05-16 13:02

Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe, have finally had their case referred to the Port Elizabeth High Court - 383 days after Panayiotou's arrest for his alleged involvement in orchestrating his wife Jayde's murder. 

State prosecutor Marius Stander confirmed that the date had been set for the three to appear for a pre-trial conference on July 26 and that the trial date had been set down from October 3 to December 2. 

Meanwhile, Panayiotou will also be submitting a new bid for bail, based on new facts, in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The three men appeared briefly in Court 27 on Monday, which was once again packed with the families of Panayiotou and Jayde, as well as a large media contingent.

Workers from OK Grocers in Algoa Park, which Panayiotou managed, were again in the front row, wearing blue T-shirts with "CHRISTOPHER PANAYIOTOU" emblazoned across the front and "INNOCENT" emblazoned across the back.

Before proceedings got underway, Legal Aid attorney Khayalethu Saziwa, who was appearing for Nenembe, officially withdrew from the case and handed the matter back to Nenembe's previous attorney, Peter Daubermann.

Justice for Jayde

Stander confirmed that the charge sheet had been submitted to each of the three accused's legal representatives, and that the charges included conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravated circumstances, kidnapping, murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and an additional charge against Panayiotou of obstruction of justice.

Advocate Terry Price, appearing for Panayiotou, confirmed that they would be reapplying for bail for Panayiotou on Tuesday. 

Panayiotou was arrested on April 28 last year and has been held at St Albans Prison as an awaiting trial prisoner, after both his initial bail application and subsequent appeal were denied.

Vumazonke and Nenembe are also still being detained, although Nenembe was only arrested in late October last year.

A small group of the Democratic Alliance Women's Network (DAWN) members also gathered outside the court, carrying posters with the words, "Justice for Jayde".

Magistrate Este Petzer confirmed the dates and the case was referred to the high court. She referred the bail application to Court 29 in the PE Magistrate's court.

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