AS IT HAPPENED: Fireworks over phone calls, money trail in Panayiotou trial

2016-10-19 09:33

The murder trial of Christopher Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko continues at the High Court in Port Elizabeth. They are on trial on charges of conspiring, kidnapping, robbing and killing Panayiotou’s wife Jayde.


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Last Updated at 14:41
19 Oct 15:11
Court adjourned until 09:30 on Thursday

19 Oct 15:10
Stander: It is now 15:10 and my next witness will be testifying via the interpreter and withy the time remaining we will not make a dent in his testimony

19 Oct 15:08
No further questions

19 Oct 15:08

Price circling for the kill shot: So out of the kindness of your heart and caring of your bank you gave him the information he asked for

Burger: No that is not correct  

19 Oct 15:06
Price: He told you he did not know where the money was withdrawn and asked you to assist. He says that you did tell him that you did not have the authority to access her account but that you would do everything you could to assist

19 Oct 15:05

Price: He says that with the username he could see that money was withdrawn from her account but he couldn’t see where, which is why he contacted you  

Burger: Yes he did tell me that he could see money was withdrawn from her account  

19 Oct 15:04
Burger confirms that Christopher Panayiotou had Jayde’s username and password and could access her bank account details  

19 Oct 15:02
Estelle Burger drinks some water to compose herself under cross examination

19 Oct 14:52
Burger is visibly shaken, Stander asks for a short recess

19 Oct 14:51

Price: I remind you that you are under oath

Burger: I did not give him the information

19 Oct 14:50
Price insists that Burger gave Panayiotou Jayde’s financial information and is covering up her tracks

19 Oct 14:49

Price: I want to get one thing straight with you. I know that you did not have authority to give information on the account. What we want to know is did Christopher tell you that he wanted information to try trace her. Do you dispute that?                  

Burger: No

Price: You appreciate that that is one way to find a person, follow the money?

Burger: Yes that’s right

19 Oct 14:46

Price: That is not my question. In these conversations did he not say that he needed to know what transactions were done on the account because they needed to trace her                       

Burger: Even if he did say that, I still did not confirm whether there were any withdrawals from her account  

19 Oct 14:46

Price: Did he not at one point tell you we need to find her and one of the ways to find her is through finding out what transactions are done on her account                       

Burger: I did not give him any information on the account as he did not have signing powers on the account  

19 Oct 14:45

Burger: At that stage I did not know that she was missing. He just told me that she was supposed to have been at school and it happened

Price: You told this court you repeatedly called him to find out if she had been found

19 Oct 14:44

Price: Jayde is missing, you know that. And you heard that money was being drawn from her bank card                       

Burger: Not at that stage that I spoke to him                       

Price: Not in one of the 14 calls did it come up

Burger: The client asked me if there was any money being withdrawn from her account. I never told him that money was being withdrawn  

19 Oct 14:41
Burger accepts that there was good reason for 14 calls

19 Oct 14:40
Burger says: The reason why I called him was because I wanted to find out if they had found Jayde

19 Oct 14:39
Price questions Burger on the calls says 8 calls to her, 6 from her to Panayiotou

19 Oct 14:37
Burger: The following morning I went to the branch manager if we could change it as I did not have the authority to change it and found out that it was changed

19 Oct 14:36

Stander: Can I accept that even if you had the authority, you would not have done it at his request

Burger: That is correct  

19 Oct 14:35
Vosloo is a former colleague of Burger’s, but she could not as she did not have the authority

19 Oct 14:34
Burger testifies that she received a request to change the number of cellphone number for the cellphone notification system to Christopher’s phone number from Phillip Vosloo

19 Oct 14:32
Burger says she’s not aware of cellphone notification on Jayde’s account

19 Oct 14:30
Panayiotou persisted, but Burger says she held firm in not giving him further information on Jayde’s account

19 Oct 14:28
But Panayiotou said he had Jayde’s log-in credentials

19 Oct 14:27
Burger says Panayiotou called to check on Jayde’s financial accounts, testifies that she could not provide him with the information

19 Oct 14:26
Up to 14 calls between Burger and Panayiotou on April 21, says Stander

19 Oct 14:25
Burger confirms that the telephonic contact on April 18 with Panayiotou was related to business

19 Oct 14:23

Burger takes a look at Panayiotou’s cellphone records.  

Stander: You can see there are certain blocks labelled Estelle, that is your number and there are certain locks marked Nedbank which is the general landline

19 Oct 14:21
Burger was also the account manager for Christopher Panayiotou

19 Oct 14:20
Burger is business manager who worked with the Panayiotou family

19 Oct 14:18
State calls Estelle Burger

19 Oct 14:18
Court back in session

19 Oct 12:37
Judge Dayalin Chetty adjourns for a lunch break  

19 Oct 12:36
No questions for Van der Merwe

19 Oct 12:35
Price confers with Panayiotou following the testimony

19 Oct 12:34
Last payment was R22 000

19 Oct 12:33
Next payment was R65 000

19 Oct 12:32
Panayiotou transferred the money from an FNB account

19 Oct 12:32
Van der Merwe testifies that he could not determine where the money came from

19 Oct 12:31
First payment on March 24 2015

19 Oct 12:30
Van der Merwe:  The R391 000 was basically a deposit, transfer fees, bond costs and pro rata rates and taxes

19 Oct 12:30
Total cost amounted to R2.5m, R390 000 had to paid

19 Oct 12:28
Van der Merwe confirms documentation in relation to the property; valued at R2.2m

19 Oct 12:26
Van der Merwe testifies that the purchase went through and the property was registered in the name of Christopher Panayiotou

19 Oct 12:25
Van der Merwe is a conveyancing attorney of a property bought by Christopher Panayiotou in 2015

19 Oct 12:25
Next witness is Deon van der Merwe

19 Oct 12:24

Price: If you look, you see that when the shop was opened it suggests that he opened the shop

Best: That is correct

Price: That is when the state alleges Mr Panayiotou was at home?

19 Oct 12:23

Price: Can anyone who has Mr Panayiotou’s code open the shop under his code? 

Best: Yes, correct

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