Too many documents to print for Panayiotou court case

2016-10-11 05:57
Christopher Panayiotou. ( Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press)

Christopher Panayiotou. ( Lubabalo Ngcukana/City Press)

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Port Elizabeth - The much anticipated trial of Christopher Panayiotou, who stands accused of orchestrating his wife Jayde's murder in April last year, will get underway in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday.

Courtroom A, where the trial will be held, has been fitted with a number of computer monitors to allow for a completely digital court case. All documents in the case will be displayed electronically.

This is due to the vast amount of information that will be presented as part of the case.

State prosecutor Marius Stander had previously indicated in court that the State docket and supporting documentation for the case was far too much to print, and would require the defence to supply a terabyte hard drive to obtain copies.  

Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko stand accused of the murder of Jayde Panayiotou on the 21st of April, 2015. Jayde was kidnapped outside her townhouse complex in Kabega Park in the city while waiting for her friend to give her a lift to the school where she taught.

Her body was found in a veld in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage, the next day. She had been shot three times.

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, believed to be the hitman hired by bouncer Luthando Siyoni - who had been in the employ of Panayiotou at the time and who has subsequently turned State witness - died in a Port Elizabeth hospital last month.

Panayiotou's defence team consists of attorney Alwyn Griebenow and Advocate Terry Price, with attorney Peter Daubermann representing both Nenembe and Sibeko. The trial judge is Judge Dayalin Chetty.

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