Panayiotou's alleged mistress to testify in murder trial

2015-05-19 17:12
(Derrick Spies, News24)

(Derrick Spies, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth - A woman who has been linked to murder accused Christopher Panayiotou, Chanelle Coutts, may be called to testify for the State in the upcoming trial.

Panayiotou stands accused of conspiring to have his wife, Jayde, murdered and will be appearing in court on Wednesday in connection with his ongoing bail application.

Coutts works as an assistant manageress at the Algoa Park OK Grocer, which is run by Panayiotou and which he has a 10% share in.

Port Elizabeth lawyer Danie Gouws confirmed that he had been assigned to look after the interests of Coutts and that he had been informed that she would be a State witness.

"It really is important to make a distinction here. She is not a section 204 witness, namely a witness who is party to the crime and is turning State witness in exchange for a lesser sentence, but rather that the state prosecutor has indicated that she may be called upon to give testimony during the court case for the State," he said.

Gouws also indicated that he would be looking at cases of civil defamation for Coutts, following allegations that she was having an affair with Panayiotou.

Gouws said Coutts would not be attending the bail application on Wednesday, but that a representative from his firm would be present to ensure her interests were protected.

In his affidavit read into record last week during his bail application last week, Panayiotou referred to Coutts, in her capacity as an assistant manager at the store, saying she had been forced by circumstance to take leave.

He said Coutts had been forced to undergo strenuous questioning by the police and had been threatened with violence both telephonically and by members of the public coming into the business.

"As a result of these appalling threats by members of the public and the questioning by the police, she has had a breakdown and can no longer be of any assistance to me. This has placed the business in an even more precarious position," Panayiotou said.

Read more on:    jayde panayiotou  |  christopher panayiotou  |  port elizabeth  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
11 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/Sport
 

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…

What is at first an exciting tummy-turning adventure stunt, quickly turns into a scarily bad idea caught on camera. Take a look:

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Should you date your co-worker?
Hip Cape Town bars to discover this summer
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.