Jayde Panayiotou accused denied bail

By News24 Wire
12 December 2016

An accused in the Jayde Panayiotou murder trial was on Monday denied bail in the Eastern Cape High Court.

Zolani Sibeko lodged his first bail application in the high court in Port Elizabeth last week, arguing that the State did not have a prima facie case against him. But the application was denied on Monday.

He is facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances. Christopher Panayiotou is accused of hiring a hitman through a bouncer at his nightclub to have his wife Jayde murdered on April 21, 2015. She worked as a teacher at Riebeek College Girls' High School in Uitenhage.

The bouncer, Luthando Siyoni, turned State witness before the trial, but was declared a hostile witness after refusing to answer the State's questions for two days straight last month.

Panayiotou, Sibeko and co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe have all pleaded not guilty.

Another co-accused, Sizwe Vumazonke, the alleged hitman, died in hospital after slipping into a coma in September, before the trial began.

During Siboke’s bail application last week, his attorney Peter Daubermann argued that the State's case against his client was based on cellphone and vehicle tracking data, and that the State did not even have a cellphone expert as part of their witness list.

Source: News24

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