As it happened: Panayiotou could tamper with evidence - magistrate

2015-06-12 10:34

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou could tamper with evidence and may try to incluence witnesses including his mistress, Chanelle Coutts, says Magistrate Abigail Beeton.


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12 Jun 14:23

IN SUMMARY: Magistrate Abigail Beeton went through the defence and State cases and said Christopher Panayiotou's team did not present a strong enough case for him to be granted him. She said that the State, however, had a strong prima facie case.

Beeton also said she felt, if Panayiotou were released on bail, he might try to intimidate witnesses, including his mistress Chanelle Coutts and her friend Clarissa Kapp.

She also had strong words for the defence who apparently didn't deem it necessary to state to the court that the accused has a Cyprus passport.

The matter returns to court on June 19.

12 Jun 14:07

12 Jun 14:01
Beeton says CP could not give sufficient evidence for exceptional circumstances allowing bail. Court adjourns

12 Jun 14:00
The case has been postponed to June 19 for further investigation.

12 Jun 13:59
Beeton wraps up that CP failed to prove that it was in the interests of justice to be released on bail.

12 Jun 13:54
Beeton: it's unlikely that employees at OK Grocer will lose jobs because CP remains in jail while awaiting trial.

12 Jun 13:52
There's no evidence that CP's wealthy family can't maintain his property obligations, says Beeton. 

12 Jun 13:42
Evidence that could've been recovered from phones was destroyed, making it a real risk of further tampering, states Beeton.

12 Jun 13:38
Magistrate Beeton finds CP may well have tried to influence his girlfriend Chanelle Coutts and her friend Clarissa Kapp.

12 Jun 13:38
There is a likelihood CP will tamper with evidence if released on bail - magistrate

12 Jun 13:36
Beeton: it takes a certain type of skill to run two relationships at the same time.

12 Jun 13:35
Beeton had also pointed out earlier that prison was no "holiday farm".

12 Jun 12:59
Court adjourns for lunch.

12 Jun 12:57
CP enjoys a high standard of living - Beeton

12 Jun 12:52

12 Jun 12:48
Beeton: In my view it's inconceivable that he would let his shares in his business go down the drain.

12 Jun 12:47
CP did not disclose what is so unique about his managerial skills and why others can't fill in, states Beeton.

12 Jun 12:43
There are employees that can fill in for CP at OK Grocer while he is in prison, argues Beeton.

12 Jun 12:41
CP faces life imprisonment if he is convicted, according to Beeton.

12 Jun 12:38
Beeton: State's against CP is reasonably strong. 

12 Jun 12:36
Court surprised CP only offered to pay R50 000 bail. An amount he could walk away from.

12 Jun 12:32
Beeton: it's my view that CP was misleading the court when he said that he had no where to go.

12 Jun 12:31
Magistrate Beeton refers to George Louca - Lolly Jackson murder accused who fled to Cyprus - as she explains bail refusal.

12 Jun 12:30
SA has vast uncontrolled boarders. Access and entry cannot be controlled- Beeton

12 Jun 12:30
CP has travelled more than average SA citizen and has the means to do so - says Beeton.

12 Jun 12:25
It is the court's decision to find something relevant or not - Beeton on CP passport that defence omitted.

12 Jun 12:23
Beeton: If IO (Swanepoel) did not bring this to light court would have remained ignorant to the facts surrounding travel documents.

12 Jun 12:22
The conclusion is that had Swannepoel not informed court of passport, would have been none the wiser - Beeton

12 Jun 12:21
Defence advised him badly that not necessary to disclose dual citizenship- magistrate

12 Jun 12:19
First claimed had nowhere to flee, but father owns house in Cyprus, Beeton points out.

12 Jun 12:18
Beeton: CP has no dependents to support.

12 Jun 12:14
Beeton: the strength of the states case can be found to be decisive.

12 Jun 12:11
There was nothing from CP's side to discredit State's case, says magistrate.

12 Jun 12:10
"I told you to do IT outside the house" - Beeton: question remains what "it" means?

12 Jun 12:05
The State is waiting for DNA evidence from the money handed by CP to Siyoli.

12 Jun 11:59
Beeton: State says Siyoni's girlfriend will testify that money was exchanged in a handover between CP and Siyoni.

12 Jun 11:54
The State said there was a pattern of contact between CP, hit man and middle man.

12 Jun 11:49
Beeton: the facts present in one case may not warrant the granting of bail in another.

12 Jun 11:45
Because its a schedule 6 offence, premeditated murder, defence needed to show exceptional circumstances - Beeton

12 Jun 11:40
Beeton works through case laws and list examples of previous similar cases.

12 Jun 11:38
Beeton is now onto the State's evidence.

12 Jun 11:30
Magistrate Beeton reads lengthy summary of affidavits handed in by CP's legal team

12 Jun 11:29
Beeton now moves on to supplementary affidavits of CP's family and employees. CP insisted that release would not undermine public's confidence in public justice system.

12 Jun 11:25
The defence claimed that there was no evidence that CP was a danger to society and had not been arrested before.

12 Jun 11:24
CP listed overcrowding in prison, his business, family ties to Port Elizabeth as some of his reasons to grant him bail.

12 Jun 11:23
Now the magistrate's lists CP's reasons as to why he needed bail.

12 Jun 11:21
Beeton says CP's girlfriend, Chanelle Coutts, had a nervous breakdown.

12 Jun 11:20
CP is dressed in a blue informal jacket and jeans, not in the black suit we are used to see him in.

12 Jun 11:19
She now reads about CP's personal circumstances such as his business interests.

12 Jun 11:17
Beeton goes through witnesses who gave evidence via affidavits.

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