Panayiotou trial continues in PE

2016-11-02 05:36
Christopher Panayiotou alongside his co-accused in court. (Derrick Spies,News24)

Christopher Panayiotou alongside his co-accused in court. (Derrick Spies,News24)

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Port Elizabeth - The trial of Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused for the murder of his wife Jayde is expected to continue in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday.

Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe, and Zolani Sibeko are on trial on charges of conspiring, kidnapping, robbing, and killing Jayde on April 21, 2015. They pleaded not guilty. The alleged hitman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, died in September.

The schoolteacher was kidnapped from outside her Stellen Glen, Kabega Park townhouse complex while waiting for a colleague to give her a lift to work that morning. She was found shot dead in a field outside KwaNobuhle the next day.

On Tuesday, the court heard that fingerprints found on bundles of cash to pay for the murder did not match any of the accused.

Forensic expert Warrant Officer Phillip Bekker said that a fingerprint found on a deposit slip around the time of her murder matched Vumazonke’s prints.

Bekker was asked to analyse a black gym bag the alleged middleman, Luthando Siyoni, used to carry the money.

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