Panayiotou case: Chilling details revealed in court - As it happened

2015-05-21 15:41

"I only get samp and bread in prison, sometimes a debatable piece of meat. My mother brings me food," Christopher Panayiotou has told the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court.


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21 May 15:48

To summarise Thursday's events: The State presented a damning case against Christopher Panayiotou, accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife Jayde.

It claimed that 28-year-old Panayiotou had planned to previously kill his schoolteacher wife and that he paid R70 000 for her hit.

He claimed the motive for the murder was Panayiotou's financial constraints and that he could not support and maintain his wife and mistress, Chanelle Coutts, who is a manager at an OK grocer store.

However, the businessman denied the charges and said he is worth over R3m. 

"Even though I had an intermittent sexual relationship with Coutts this did not have an impact on my marriage," Panayiotou also claims.

He says the conditions at St Albans prison where he is being kept are inhumane and denies the State's charge that he is a flight risk.

The case was postponed to next Tuesday, May 26. And that's when updates on the case will resume.

21 May 15:14
Court has been adjourned for the day.

21 May 15:14
Beeton says she reserves her right, based on the amount of documentation that has been submitted to the court, to call additional witnesses including the investigating officer for clarity.

21 May 15:13
She has indicated that this is the date for submission of heads of arguments and for attorneys to argue in court. It is not the date for decision on bail.

21 May 15:13
Beeton has postponed till Tuesday, May 26.

21 May 15:11
Beeton has indicated she is happy with Tuesday and Stander is also happy with that time.

21 May 15:10

Beeton says that it is unrealistic to proceed. She says that no one has to tell her that a bail application is urgent but there are also practical considerations that need to be made.

She says she has already rolled over two matters because of time set aside for this matter.

Price indicates that he is available for the first three days next week. He has asked for a day to prepare heads of argument.

21 May 15:07
Stander also points out that the bail application was only submitted on May 8.

21 May 15:06
In response Stander has highlighted that during initial appearance it was Griebenow that requested the date be set down for the June 19 despite the State requesting to have it set down on the May 21.

21 May 15:05
Price says his instructions are to argue immediately but that he will not argue if Stander is not going to as that would be pointless.

21 May 15:04
Price saying that the bail application is dragging and that it is unfair on CP.

21 May 15:03
I only get samp and bread in prison, sometimes a debatable piece of meat. My mother brings me food - CP

21 May 15:02
Stander has indicated that he will need to be out of town tomorrow. He has also indicated that it would be prudent to allow the investigating officer to finalise a few outstanding issues.

21 May 14:59
Stander is also raising the issue that he has only seen the replying affidavit from CP just after 14:00 this afternoon just before Price started reading. This despite an agreement that the defence made last week Thursday when they said they would be making the responding affidavits available by Sunday.

21 May 14:58
Stander says he will ask for a postponement on the matter. He says in all likelihood they will be preparing heads of argument.

21 May 14:57

Price confirms that the dad signed in the wrong place.

Price says that he has concluded his case.

21 May 14:56
Beeton briefly stops proceedings as she did not have a copy. Copy presented but she has concerns over a signature.

21 May 14:55
Price now reading in a brief affidavit from CP's father.

21 May 14:54
Beeton asks CP if he agrees with the affidavit read into evidence by Price. He says he is.

21 May 14:53
CP says that family members in Cyprus are police officers.

21 May 14:52
CP says that it would be ludicrous to have arranged to have met with Tiervlei and then immediately draw attention to it through his attorney.

21 May 14:52
Addressing the issue of Tyrone Tiervlei's testimony, CP says that he stands with his original testimony.

21 May 14:50
CP says he is uniquely suited to run the business as he has a unique understanding of the business.

21 May 14:48
Price challenges Stander and Swanepoel to produce a signed document by CP to collect his passport.

21 May 14:47
CP says in his affidavit that he instructed his attorney to follow up regarding the passport and that upon doing this had been informed that one had been issued in March 2015. They also indicated that the passport had not been collected. He says he never retrieved the passport.

21 May 14:45
Price is now drawing attention to the fact that Cyprus passport application was in 2013.

21 May 14:45
CP confirms he holds a Cyprus ID card he points out that this card does not allow him to travel internationally. He says he would require a Cyprus passport to do so.

21 May 14:44
He says that he cannot be confined to solitary cell until court as this was inhumane.

21 May 14:43
CP confirms that he is now in a single cell at St Albans.

21 May 14:42
CP says he has now disclosed his relationship with Coutts. He says he had not done so before as it was irrelevant.

21 May 14:40
Responding to the argument that court dates are readily available, CP says that trial dates in the High Court for 2016 have already been allocated.

21 May 14:38
Price reads from the assets and liabilities to show that his client is currently worth in excess of R3 million.

21 May 14:37
CP submits a document, identified as CP1 which gives his current assets and liabilities.

21 May 14:36

CP says the fact that it is a high profile case and has high media coverage has absolutely no bearing on whether he is entitled to bail.

CP says the conditions at St Albans are appalling and that it is unlikely that a correctional services employee would concede this.

21 May 14:33
CP says reference to Louka is not relevant.

21 May 14:32
CP says that he last visited Cyprus in 2009.

21 May 14:31
CP says he does not have property in Cyprus. He points out that his dad has inherited a 3 bedroom house.

21 May 14:31

CP states that he had approached the police officer, whom he had informed of Siyoli contacting him, earlier in the day.

21 May 14:28

CP denies any communication between himself and Siyoli (accused 1) relating to the robbery and murder.

He points out that the issue of the admissibility of the transcript will be contested in his defence.

As such he will not comment directly on the matter.

21 May 14:25
Price going through various points raised by State with CP denying the allegations.

21 May 14:22
CP denies his father was opposed to them buying the property.

21 May 14:21
CP: Jayde and I were married out of community of property.

21 May 14:21
He admits to giving Coutts gifts.

21 May 14:21
CP takes exception to the statement that his father was opposed to the relationship and was going to disinherit him.

21 May 14:19
CP: Even though I had an intermittent sexual relationship with Coutts this did not have an impact on my marriage.

21 May 14:17
Price is now reading into record the affidavit by CP in response to the State's case.

21 May 14:16

Price is now addressing the court.

He has made it clear that the defense would be opposed to the reopening of the case by the State.

21 May 14:16
State Prosecutor Marius Stander has indicated that he is ready to close the state's case but that there is a strong likelihood that they will apply to have it reopened.

21 May 14:13
Court resumes.

21 May 14:06
The court has been unlocked and media and family have returned to their seats.

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