Panayiotou bail dismissal greeted with applause

2015-07-28 09:16

The dismissal of Christopher Panayiotou's bail has been greeted in the court with loud applause from the many supporters of his murdered wife Jayde.


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28 Jul 10:34
Michelle Inggs, Jayde's mother, says that Judge Bheshe's judgement was the best two seconds of her life, tweeted reporter Deneesha Pillay.

28 Jul 10:33
She came to the conclusion on the totality of the evidence that the appellant had not discharged the onus to establish, on a balance of probability, that exceptional circumstances exist, which in the interests of justice, permit the appellant to be released on bail.

28 Jul 10:30

Goosen stated in his judgment: It was not argued that the magistrate had erred in relation to the test to be applied. It was however suggested in heads of argument, although not argued before me, that the magistrate had set the bar impossibly high in her application of the test of exceptional circumstances to the facts of the case.

I do not agree. The test was applied correctly. The magistrate considered all factors which are ordinarily taken into account and those which the appellant has advanced in his application.

28 Jul 10:28

The full judgment reads: Judge Glen Goosen ruled that Panayiotou's appeal was dismissed.

"As the discussion of the several grounds advanced on appeal indicates above I am unable to find that the magistrate erred or misdirected herself in relation to those issues and the findings made."

The magistrate's judgement contains a full discussion of the nature of the onus which rest upon the accused person charged with a schedule 6 offense seeking bail.

28 Jul 10:19
Tsepo Ndwalaza said the state was happy with the outcome of the proceedings  saying that they had done enough to prove that Panayiotou should not get bail.

28 Jul 10:17
Jayde's supporters, including her sister Toni and mother Michelle, smile following the judge's ruling.

28 Jul 10:11
Jayde's family are in tears after the ruling.

28 Jul 10:04
The defence was represented by Mark Nettelton.

28 Jul 10:00
The decision was greeted with loud applause.

28 Jul 09:59
BREAKING: Panayiotou's bail appeal has been dismissed. He will remain at St Alban's Prison. 

28 Jul 09:57
Court is in session.

28 Jul 09:51
Still no sign of the defence or of the Panayiotou family.

28 Jul 09:46
The courtroom is continuing to fill up. Many are supporters of Jayde and her family, sporting T-shirts saying "Justice for Jayde". Photos from News24 Correspondent Derrick Spies.

28 Jul 09:36

Jayde's sister, Toni Inggs, chats to their dad Derick while waiting for court to begin.

There's still no sign of Christopher's family.

28 Jul 09:32

The judgement will be read by Judge Nomathamsanqa Bheshe. Reasons to be given in writing.

It is not expected that the full judgement would be read, just highlights. The full judgement will then be made available afterwards.

28 Jul 09:30

28 Jul 09:30
Investigating officer Kanna Swanepoel speaks to State Advocate Marius Stander.

28 Jul 09:22
There's no sign yet of Panayiotou's family but there is strong representation for Jayde in the courtroom, says News24 Correspondent Derrick Spies.

28 Jul 09:16

Christopher Panayiotou's legal team returns to the Grahamstown High Court on Tuesday where Judge Glen Goosen is expected to deliver his ruling on whether the murder-accused should be given bail.

The 28-year-old is accused of hiring two other men to kill his schoolteacher wife, Jayde Panayiotou, 29.

Panayiotou's lawyer, Mike Hellens SC, argued that the accused should not be subjected to prison conditions as he is innocent until proven guilty.

But the State had argued that Panayiotou was a flight risk as he had dual South African and Cypriot citizenship.

Prosecutor Marius Stander said Panayiotou had deleted information from cellphones, destroyed SIM cards, and instructed a key witness, Luthando Siyoli, to lay low.

He rejected Panayiotou’s claim that he deleted information to prevent his family from finding out about his sexual relationship with Chanelle Coutts.

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