Panayiotou case hits yet another snag

2016-05-25 17:23
Christopher Panayiotou in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Christopher Panayiotou in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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Port Elizabeth – Murder accused Christopher Panayiotou’s third bail application was postponed again on Wednesday, this time because the prosecutor was not available.

The case was postponed until Thursday as the prosecutor, Marius Stander, was busy with a case at the Port Elizabeth High Court that involved cross-examining out-of-town witnesses.

It was Panayiotou’s third attempt to secure bail since his arrest in April last year for allegedly masterminding the murder of his schoolteacher wife Jayde.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton first denied Panayiotou bail following a protracted application between May and June 2015.

He appealed the decision in the Grahamstown High Court, which dismissed it.

In November last year, Panayiotou filed a new bail application, but later withdrew the motion because his lawyers still did not have the docket.

Panayiotou submitted a 67-page affidavit into evidence last week, in which he repeated his claims of innocence, questioned the State’s evidence against him, and claimed to have new evidence.

Stander was supposed to respond to the affidavit last Thursday. The case was postponed to the next day after Panayiotou’s defense failed to submit the heads of argument from his bail appeal bid in the Grahamstown High Court.

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

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