Panayiotou witness heard three gunshots

2016-10-12 22:53
The accused in the Panayiotou case. (Derrick Spies, News24)

The accused in the Panayiotou case. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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Port Elizabeth – A woman living on an Uitenhage farm on Wednesday described the gunshots she had heard the day Jayde Panayiotou was killed.

Rachael Windvogel told the Port Elizabeth High Court that she was living on a Mr Blom’s farm, near Kwanobuhle township, on April 21 last year.

She was lying down and feeding her child before 07:00 when she heard three shots. She heard a car drive and stop at a steel grate, where two roads met. 

She told prosecutor Marius Stander she did not see the car, but heard it rushing down the road towards Kwanobuhle.

She told Stander it was not common to hear gunshots there.

Jayde’s husband Christopher Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko are on trial on charges of conspiring, kidnapping, robbing, and killing Jayde, 29, on April 21 last year. They pleaded not guilty.

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, believed to be the hitman hired by State witness Luthando Siyoni, died in a Port Elizabeth hospital in September. Siyoni worked as a bouncer at Panayiotou’s Infinity Cocktail Bar in Algoa Park.

Panayiotou’s lawyer Terry Price had no questions for Windvogel.

Peter Daubermann, representing the other accused, asked her how she knew it was a gunshot.

She said Mr Blom shot livestock on the farm. The shots that morning sounded like they were some distance away, but were clear, loud and came in short succession.

"I was shocked and scared," she said.

Their zinc residence was isolated and housed her, her child, and her elderly parents.

Daubermann asked her why she did not immediately phone the police if she was so scared.

She replied that she was in shock and her immediate thought was that they should move because the farm was dangerous.


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