Jayde Panayiotou murder accused to appear in court

2016-08-08 06:41
Jayde Panayiotou. (Facebook)

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Port Elizabeth - The latest man accused of being involved in the murder of Jayde Panayiotou in April last year, will appear at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Zolani Sibeko, 35, who also uses the alias "Zolani Roxo", previously appeared briefly before Magistrate Este Petzer.

The State has linked Sibeko to the conspiracy to murder Jayde after a month-long investigation - which included cellphone plotting - showed that he had been with co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, and Sinethemba Nenembe, 29, at least once while they were plotting the route she travelled to work.

Cellphone plotting also showed that Sibeko was with Vumazonke and Nenembe outside Jayde's Stellen Glen complex in Kabega Park, just five days before she was abducted, forced into the boot of a hired vehicle, taken to a remote area behind Kwanobuhle, and murdered.

Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, 29, was arrested shortly after her murder last year. He is accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife.

The State alleges that Panayiotou approached a bouncer who worked for him, Luthando Siyoni, to hire a hitman. Siyoni has since turned State witness. Vumazonke was arrested shortly afterwards, charged with being the hitman. In October last year, Nenembe was linked to the case and also arrested.

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