Jayde Panayiotou: Latest accused to appear in high court

2016-08-08 15:38

Port Elizabeth - The latest man accused of being a part of the murder of Jayde Panayiotou in April last year, had his case transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday.

Zolani Sibeko, 35, who also used the alias "Zolani Roxo" appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Monday. 

The state has allegedly linked Sibeko to the conspiracy to murder Jayde after a month long investigation, which included cellphone plotting, showed that he had been with co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, and Sinethemba Nenembe, 29, at least once while they were plotting the route she travelled to work.

Cellphone plotting also allegedly showed that Sibeko was with Vumazonke and Nenembe outside Jayde's Stellen Glen complex in Kabega Park just 5 days before she was abducted, forced into the boot of a hired vehicle, taken to remote area behind Kwanobuhle and murdered.

Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, 29, was arrested shortly after her murder last year. He is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife.

It is expected that Sibeko will appear with co-accused Panayiotou, Vumazonke and Nenembe when they appear for their pre-trial conference in the High Court on August 25. 

The state alleges that Panayiotou approached a bouncer who worked for him, Luthando Siyoni, to hire a hitman. Siyoni has since turned state witness. Vumazonke was arrested shortly afterwards as the alleged hitman. In October last year Nenembe was linked to the case and also arrested.

State prosecutor, Alta Meiring, who stood in for Marius Stander, confirmed that Sibeko had been given a copy of the indictment and notice of transfer to the High Court and that a provisional date for the 25th of August had been arranged. 

Attorney Peter Daubermann, who is also representing Nenembe, appeared on behalf of Sibeko.
Daubermann indicated that he would not be applying for bail at this stage.

The matter was transferred, with Sibeko remaining in custody.

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