AS IT HAPPENED: Panayiotou, one co-accused found guilty of wife's murder, sentencing postponed

2017-11-02 09:04

Christopher Panayiotou, accused of murdering his wife, Jayde, along with his co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe, have been found guilty of murder in the Port Elizabeth High Court. The sentencing has been postponed to November 17.


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02 Nov 15:30

02 Nov 15:30

02 Nov 15:28

02 Nov 15:27
(Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

02 Nov 15:20

Court reconvenes.

Case is postponed to 17 November for sentencing.

02 Nov 15:18
Father and daughter embrace as Panayiotou found guilty. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

02 Nov 15:11

02 Nov 15:11

02 Nov 15:11

02 Nov 15:09
Court adjourned for consultation.

02 Nov 15:09
Stander says date discussed with him was the 15th of November.

02 Nov 15:09

Chetty asks if they are ready to proceed with sentencing.

Price asks for court to stand down to the 30th of November, 1 December.

Price says to consider application for leave to appeal.

02 Nov 15:06

Chetty says he is satisfied that the guilt is proven beyond any reasonable doubt.

Accused 1 guity on count 4.

Accused 3 guilty on murder and robbery.

Accused 4 guilty of consipracy to commit murder.

02 Nov 15:02
Says this is not the case, he ruled that the words uttered by Vumazonke to her were inadmissable.

02 Nov 15:02
He clarifies that there was an argument put forward by the defence that he had ruled her evidence inadmissable.

02 Nov 15:01

Chetty addressing evidence led by Vumazonke's aunt.

02 Nov 15:00
Chetty says his presence is also confirmed to be in the area where the Etios was located while money was being withdrawn from Jayde's account.

02 Nov 15:00

Chetty dealing with evidence linking Nenembe to the crime.

He says evidence shows that Nenembe and Vumazonke were in the Etios on the day Jayde was murdered.

He says this is further supported by the connection to the rocklands cell tower at the time when the Etios passed, on the way to where Jayde was murdered.

02 Nov 14:57

Chetty says that that accused 4's continuous proximity to Sbeko showed that he had knowledge of and agreed with the plot to murder Jayde.

Chetty says the fact that Sbeko's presence during the shooting could not be proven was irrelevant in terms of the first charge, which is of conspiracy to commit murder.

02 Nov 14:54
Chetty is dealing with case law relating to conspiracy.

02 Nov 14:52
Chetty says that, in order to execute his mandate, Vumazonke had to recruit others.

02 Nov 14:52
Chetty says accused 4 chose not to testify.

02 Nov 14:49
Chetty is addressing the guidelines relating to circumstantial evidence.

02 Nov 14:47

Chetty says the fact that the data does not link accused 4 to the day of the murder, does not necessarily count in his favour.

Chetty says the evidence needs to be considered in it's totality.

02 Nov 14:46

02 Nov 14:46
Chetty now goes through the evidence as led, relating to the movements of accused 3 and 4 in relation to the car tracking data.

02 Nov 14:43
Chetty also highlights that there is significant correspondence between Vumazonke, accused 4 (sibeko) and accused 3 (Nenembe).

02 Nov 14:43

02 Nov 14:43

Chetty says the car tracker details showed how the accused had engaged in recognisance of the premises.

02 Nov 14:40

Chetty deals with the involvement of accused 3 and 4.

Chetty says prior to 7 April there was no contact between Vumazonke and accused 3 and 4.

02 Nov 14:39

Chetty is dealing with case law relating to his dismissal of the papers submitted by Daubermann.

02 Nov 14:37
Chetty says Daubermann's submission of papers by Prof. Coutts in his closing statemnts were not part of evidence led and can not be allowed via the backdoor.

02 Nov 14:37

Chetty says that the matter was stood down for them to go through Botha's report. The matter was then stood down.

Chetty says that neither Price nor Daubermann called their own experts.

02 Nov 14:36

02 Nov 14:36
Chetty goes through court record of Botha's tesitimony.

02 Nov 14:36
Accused in the doc. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

02 Nov 14:32
Chetty is now dealing with the evidence presented by Thereza Botha.

02 Nov 14:31

Chetty now moves on to the evidence relating to cellphone towers.

02 Nov 14:29

As Captain Swanepoel was phoning the number, M’Lord, the Xhosa lady attempted to leave the room.I asked her where she is going to, M’Lord; she then turned around, she had a gown on, M’Lord.

She turned around and opened the gown like this, showing us that she has got nothing in her possession.

As she opened the gown, M’Lord, you could see a cellphone’s face lighting up in her gown pocket.

That phone was then handed over to us, M’Lord, and we identified it as the phone that we were looking for that Mr Sibeko was using at the time.

02 Nov 14:28

I then requested him to allow meto search him, as I was looking for a cellphone, M’Lord; I couldnot find a cellphone on his possession 5 and he informed methat he had left his phone in the bedroom that he was sleeping in.

When I got to the bedroom, M’Lord, there was an elderly lady busy making up the bed in the room, M’Lord.

I did not find any cellphones in that room, M’Lord.

I then requested Captain Swanepoel to phone the number so that we could see where this phone is.

02 Nov 14:27

02 Nov 14:26

Chetty says the argument that the police had failed to link the phone to Sibeko, was a skewed version of events.

Chetty reads from the record regarding Bosch's testimony.

02 Nov 14:24

Chetty now deals with the linking of the phone number to Zolani Sibeko:

184. Warrant Officer Shane Bosch testified that after the cellular phone number 07829686192 was identified as a number of interest Captain Swanepoel requested him to ascertain who the number belongs to.

He contacted the number and indicated to the person answering the phone that he could win a talk time voucher.

After answering a random question correctly he requested the person to furnish his name and address in order for the voucher to be delivered. The individual indicated that he is Zolani Sibeko and he resides at 19 Manase Street, Zwide, Port Elizabeth. Bosch further testified that at a later stage he assisted with the arrest of accused 4.

After accused 4 had been arrested Bosch wanted to know where his cellular phone was. Accused 4 indicated that the phone was in his room.

Bosch seized the phone from the possession of an elderly lady inside the room.

It was confirmed that the phone belongs to accused 4.

Bosch further testified that when Captain Swanepoel phoned the number 07829686192, the seized phone rang and the screen lit up.

02 Nov 14:22

Chetty says the objection that accused 3's cell no was inadmissible as it was hearsay was overuled.

Chetty says evidence given relating to student records that linked Nenembe to a cell number was an invasion of privacy was also dismissed.

02 Nov 14:21

Chetty deals with the maps dealing with the movement of the etios in the lead up to and day of the murder.

Chetty says while it was known that there were co-conspirators, their identities were at the beginning unknown.

Chetty says the state then went about piecing together evidence from cellphone records.

02 Nov 14:20

Chetty says that the evidence deduced was the Toyota Etios, which had been rented at ZEMS by Vumazonke.

Chetty says that the suggestion made that a white Opel Corsa was made was clearly due to an erroneous observation made.

02 Nov 14:17

Court reconvenes.

Chetty resumes his judgment.

02 Nov 14:17
Court is about to reconvene.

02 Nov 14:10

02 Nov 12:31

Court adjourns for lunch.

We are back at 2:15

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