Panayiotou now awaiting pre-trial date

2016-04-18 14:08
Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou, who stands accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife Jayde in April last year, will face the court again on May 3 to secure a High Court pre-trial date.

He appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday morning with co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe.

Panayiotou was arrested on April 28 last year. He has been held at St Albans prison as an awaiting-trial prisoner, since both his initial bail application and subsequent appeal were denied.

Vumazonke and Nenembe were also still in custody.

The court's public gallery was once again full. Panayiotou’s family sat in the first row and Jayde’s family and Justice for Jayde supporters sat behind them.

Panayiotou appeared healthy, wearing a crisp white shirt and black blazer, while Vumazonke wore a blue T-shirt and jeans, and Nenembe a black golf shirt and jeans.

Prosecutor Marius Stander told Magistrate Este Petzer that he had been informed that Nenembe’s attorney, Peter Daubermann, would be withdrawing from the case. Nenembe applied for Legal Aid. Attorney Sihlesenkosi Dyantji will now represent Nenembe for Legal Aid.

Stander said the State and the defence lawyers for the three accused had agreed on the date of May 3, for the case to be referred to the High Court to secure a pre-trial date. 

Panayiotou’s attorney, Alwyn Griebenouw, said he was happy with the proposed date, and that the State had sent them a large number of documents, but not everything yet.

Stander asked that Legal Aid furnish the State with a 1 terabyte hard drive to accommodate the documentation. 

Petzer raised concerns over the continuous delays in the case, pointing out that the first appearance had been in April last year. 

Addressing Nenembe, she said, although the case was ready to be referred to the high court, it had to be remanded due his application for Legal Aid. She told him no further remand requests would be considered.

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