Christopher Panayiotou in court over his wife’s murder

2015-05-04 12:23
Christopher Panayiotou appears in court on Monday (May 5 2015) for the murder of his wife, Jayde. Picture: Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press

Christopher Panayiotou appears in court on Monday (May 5 2015) for the murder of his wife, Jayde. Picture: Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press

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Christopher Panayiotou (28), the husband of slain Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde (29), briefly appeared in court today for the murder of his wife.

Wearing a black suit and shirt, Panayiotou was emotionless as he faced a huge media contingent when he made his first appearance at the Port Elizabeth Magistrates’ Court.

In addition to a murder charge he was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Christopher was remanded in custody until June 19 while the police continued their investigation.

The murder of Jayde last week shocked the Port Elizabeth community, and people called for the return of the death sentence.

Today a small group of protesters was outside the courthouse, demanding justice for Jayde, and members of the Democratic Alliance and AfriForum carried placards.

Jayde was abducted last Tuesday while she was waiting for her lift outside a secured complex.

Her body was found in an isolated area in KwaNobuhle, outside Uitenhage.

Panayiotou was arrested on Thursday after police laid a trap for him. One of his alleged accomplices, Thando Siyoli, a bouncer in his club, implicated him as being the mastermind behind the hit.

The 30-year-old Siyoli appeared in court on Thursday.

A third suspect on the case, the man believed to be the one who pulled the trigger, is still on the run.

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