Christopher Panayiotou denied bail - As it happened

2015-06-05 11:30

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail by Magistrate Abigail Beeton in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court. Read on to see how the ruling unfolded in Court 26.

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05 Jun 11:10

For those just tuning in, Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail by Magistrate Abigail Beeton.

Beeton said the murder-accused 28-year-old failed to show exceptional circumstances for bail, a requirement for a schedule 6 offence (premeditated murder).

Her reasons will be read into the court record next week, June 12.

Read on to see how events unfolded in Court 26 in Port Elizabeth...


05 Jun 11:08

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05 Jun 10:59

The NPA says it is satisfied by the decision to deny Christopher Panayiotou bail, tweeted Jacaranda FM.

“It shows there is justice in SA.”


05 Jun 10:54
Twitter users are having their say following the ruling that Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail:

05 Jun 10:53
Twitter users are having their say following the ruling that Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail:

05 Jun 10:52
Twitter users are having their say following the ruling that Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail:

05 Jun 10:46

05 Jun 10:45
When court adjourned, Panayiotou immediately stood up and left the court, heading back to the holding cells, News24's Derrick Spies continues.

05 Jun 10:43
Panayiotou dropped his head as soon as it was announced he would not be getting bail, says News24’s Derrick Spies.

05 Jun 10:39
Both sets of families have now left the court.

05 Jun 10:34

Jayde’s father Derick consoles Toni who is awash with emotion.  

“The magistrate has spoken,” says Derick.


05 Jun 10:32

Jayde’s father Derick Inggs and sister Toni chat to Investigating Officer Kanna Swanepoel and Marius Stander after the bail judgment was read.

For those just tuning in, Christopher Panayiotou has been denied bail by Magistrate Abigail Beeton.

Beeton said the murder-accused 28-year-old failed to show exceptional circumstances for bail, a requirement for a schedule 6 offence (premeditated murder).

Her reasons will be read into the court record next week, June 12.


05 Jun 10:29
Jayde’s sister Toni: “It's one step in the right direction.”

05 Jun 10:28
Afriforum’s Kobus Gerber in court says: “This is fantastic news!”

05 Jun 10:26
The matter is postponed to June 12 for the court to read into record the reasons for denying bail.

05 Jun 10:25
Toni mouths a silent thank you to the investigating officer.

05 Jun 10:24

“There is an outpouring of relief in court,” says News24’s Derrick Spies.

The Panayiotou family have left the court, as the focus shifts.


05 Jun 10:22
Jayde’s sister Toni breaks down in tears.

05 Jun 10:19

“It is the court’s view and court's judgement that the applicant who is before the court on a schedule 6 bail application.

“The court’s finding is that the applicant has failed to show exceptional circumstances.”

"Bail is refused."


05 Jun 10:18

She says she decided to remand the judgment until today as there had been too many delays.

She has always been aware that irrespective of the decision, the matter would be up for appeal, and that bail is an urgent application, in any case.

“Having said that, I have considered the totality of all evidence that I have received,” she says.


05 Jun 10:16

Beeton recaps, saying the matter was set down for judgment yesterday.

She points out that she had postponed to today for the judgment with the reasons to follow next week.


05 Jun 10:15

He points out that Advocate Price is not in court today and that Attorney Theuns Roelofse, who stood in for Price on the May 21, would again be representing Panayiotou.

Roelofse confirms that he has been mandated.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton is now addressing the court.


05 Jun 10:13

Jayde’s family stands as Panayiotou enters. He avoids making eye contact.

Stander opens proceedings.


05 Jun 10:10

Court in session.

Magistrate Beeton has arrived.


05 Jun 10:08

“A packed court 26,” says News24’s Derrick Spies.

People in the courtroom have been asked to make space for the Panayiotou family, who are still waiting outside.


05 Jun 10:02

05 Jun 10:02
Swanepoel says they are asking nicely but if no space is available then they will have to ask the Magistrate to address the issue.

05 Jun 10:01
She has asked people who are not members of the family or press to please move out of court to make space for the rest of the Panayiotou family.

05 Jun 10:01
People are being addressed by Anne Swanepoel, the attorney who is representing accused number 3, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke.

05 Jun 09:58

Only one of Panayiotou's family members are able to sit in the second row, says News24’s Derrick Spies.

The rest of the Panayiotou family have gone back outside.


05 Jun 09:57
A packed Court 26 in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.

05 Jun 09:53
The Panayiotou family has arrived, and there is now limited seating in the court.

05 Jun 09:49

05 Jun 09:48

As usual, there is a strong media presence in Port Elizabeth, says Derrick Spies.

There is still no sign of the Panayiotou family.


05 Jun 09:47
Today is the first day that Jayde's father, Derick Inggs is in court, sitting next to his daughter Toni.

05 Jun 09:47

Court is filling up in Court 26 in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court, and we have a new twist.

The front row is filled by Jayde’s family for the first time, reports News24’s Derrick Spies.


05 Jun 09:43

Christopher Panayiotou's alleged mistress, Chanelle Coutts, will give evidence in the case against him for the murder of his wife, Jayde, Netwerk24 reported.

State Prosecutor Marius Stander revealed in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday that Panayiotou's alleged mistress, Chanelle Coutts, will be called as a State witness.

Coutts will testify that Panayiotou, 28, was involved in the murder of his wife, Jayde, Stander said.


05 Jun 09:36

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou is expected to hear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday whether he will be granted bail.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton said she had hoped to hand down judgment on Thursday and had a draft order for his bail application ready.

However, she said she wanted one more day to reconsider, following "clarity" she had received during Thursday's proceedings.

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