Sick magistrate means another delay in Panayiotou case

2016-05-20 17:02
(Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

(Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

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Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou’s new bail application in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court was once again postponed on Friday as Magistrate Abigail Beeton was off sick.

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

Beeton originally denied Panayiotou bail, following an application between May and June 2015.

Panayiotou’s lawyers Alwyn Griebenouw, Terry Price, SC, and Mike Hellens, SC, then took the matter to the Grahamstown High Court. Their application was dismissed.

In November last year, Panayiotou filed a new application for bail, but later withdrew the motion. This was attributed to the fact that his legal team still did not have the docket.

Panayiotou submitted a 67-page affidavit into evidence earlier in the week. In it, he reiterated that he was innocent of all wrongdoing and called into question the State’s evidence. He brought the new bail application on the grounds of having new evidence.

Prosecutor Marius Stander was supposed to respond to the affidavit on Thursday, but the case was postponed to Friday after Panayiotou's defence failed to submit the heads of argument from the Grahamstown High Court bail bid.

Stander subsequently asked for a postponement to allow him to prepare his response. Beeton’s absence meant Stander had yet to begin his argument. The case was postponed to May 25.

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

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