Yellow ribbons for Jayde as Panayiotou, co-accused plead not guilty

2016-10-11 11:41
Marius Stander chats to Panayiotou’s attorney Alwyn Griebenow. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Marius Stander chats to Panayiotou’s attorney Alwyn Griebenow. (Derrick Spies, News24)

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Port Elizabeth - Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to conspiring to rob, kidnap and kill his wife Jayde.

Prosecutor Marius Stander read out the charges in the Port Elizabeth High Court, as a smartly-dressed Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe, and Zolani Sibeko stood in the dock.

A fourth accused, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, believed to be the hitman hired by bouncer Luthando Siyoni, died in a Port Elizabeth hospital in September. Siyoni worked for Panayiotou. He has turned State witness.

The men in the dock pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping, murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Panayiotou pleaded not guilty to a count of defeating or obstructing the course of justice, which only he was charged with.

Stander said the murder carried a minimum sentence of life imprisonment. The robbery and unlawful possession of a firearm charges carried a minimum sentence of 15 years each.

Panayiotou stands accused of orchestrating his wife’s murder on April 21 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.

Jayde's parents, Michelle and Derick Inggs, along with family and friends, wore yellow ribbons on their clothes in a sign of unity.

Christopher Panayiotou’s father Costa, mother Fanoula, and other relatives sat in the front row of the public gallery.

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