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04 Jun 2015

Panayiotou chatting to Price and attorney Theuns Roelofse.
Panayiotou chatting to Price and attorney
Theuns Roelofse.

04 Jun 2015

Price has indicated that he is happy with Beeton giving her finding tomorrow with a full explanation and reasons submitted to record.

Stander has indicated he concurs.

Beeton is now addressing Christopher Panayiotou.

04 Jun 2015

She points out that she is aware that Price has other obligations, and that she had committed to finalise the matter, but she was concerned.

Beeton says that she would like to present tomorrow, with the full reasoning submitted at a later date.

04 Jun 2015

Following the clarity she has received regarding her questions, Magistrate Beeton wants to reconsider her decision.

04 Jun 2015

Stander stands up and says, with regards to the dropped application (to view the affidavit), the affidavit he was reading from was in any case the investigating officer’s.

Beeton says she has a draft judgment in front of her, but she does not know if she can proceed.

04 Jun 2015

Price says in the interests of finality he will not say anything further.

04 Jun 2015

She points out that she was merely asking for clarity.

“I am bound by the affidavits before me, but I am entitled to ask questions for clarity," she says.

04 Jun 2015

Beeton also states that the information regarding the motive is, in any case, in the investigating officer’s first affidavit.

04 Jun 2015

Beeton says to Price, that he should keep in mind that his case is actually closed, and he was not actually entitled to make the application.

04 Jun 2015

Price is also taking issue with the confession of accused number 1, Thando Siyoli, and says he needs to get clarity over the confession, as “this is not in affidavit”.

Beeton is addressing the issue of the motive.

04 Jun 2015

Beeton tells Price to wait, as she wants to check something before they proceed.

Beeton is reading through a thick file in front of her. The court is silent waiting for her to proceed.

04 Jun 2015

Price stands up.

04 Jun 2015

“The constant hum of chatter is punctuated by the constant recurring clicks of camera shutters,” News24’s Derrick Spies says as reporters wait for proceedings to pick up again.

Both families have stopped chatting, and are sitting quietly, expectantly.

04 Jun 2015

And the Magistrate has ducked back out.

Court 26 is packed again as the bail application for murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou, following a short power outage.

A heated back-and-forth between Prosecutor Marius Stander and Advocate Terry Price led to Stander revealing in court, just before the power tripped, that an affidavit in the State's possession may point to a motive for the murder of Jayde Panayiotou, just before the power tripped.

Price has revealed that he will file an application to see the affidavit, stating that the State has now waived its privilege by referring to the document in court.

The court is just waiting for Magistrate Abigail Beeton to return.

04 Jun 2015

News24's Derrick Spies says people are filing back into the court now.

Report from court staff is that the court recording machine was unaffected by the trip.

Magistrate Beeton has re-entered the court.

04 Jun 2015

Court is adjourned for 15 minutes, cutting short a heated back-and-forth between Prosecutor Marius Stander and Advocate Terry Price.

Court staff are quickly reviewing the recordings.

04 Jun 2015

Power has tripped in the courthouse. This means the recording machine has stopped working.

It is unclear, at this stage, if it is planned loadshedding in the area.

04 Jun 2015

“Who is the State going to call to say that my client wanted to get rid of Jayde because he could not afford her?

“If there have been statements made to that effect, I want to see it.”

04 Jun 2015

With regards to financial records...

Price asks, “Why did Stander not ask for the books before?”

He turns back to the magistrate, and says they are asking, very carefully, for her to ignore the speculation.

04 Jun 2015

Price now addressing Siyoli as a 204 witness.

He says with 'all due respect', with what Beeton has in front of her, the State should not be too happy with their case.

"If accused number 1 folds, their case folds."

04 Jun 2015

“All the State is producing is speculation,” says Price.

“There is a smell in this courtroom and I suspect that it will continue into the trial.”

04 Jun 2015

Price also points out that there is no affidavit in front of the court from Coutts.

04 Jun 2015

Price now questions the State’s logic about his client’s inheritance:

“What they have said is a lie.

“Where is the logic in buying a house for Jayde, if he wanted to get rid of his wife?”

04 Jun 2015

Price now stands...

04 Jun 2015

Stander points to an additional comment by the Investigating Officer that says that Jayde was spending too much money, and that Panayiotou could not adhere to the demands from both the wife and his girlfriend.

04 Jun 2015

Stander refers to the Investigating Officer's statement which says that Panayiotou stood to be disinherited if he continued with the affair.

Beeton says she still does not understand. “Why not just get divorced?” she asks.

Stander says it is an option but it is an easier option just to kill his wife.

04 Jun 2015

Stander says that the State will show that Panayiotou was in a position where he could not divorce Jayde.

04 Jun 2015

Beeton says that Panayiotou has indicated that he was married with an Anti-Nuptial Contract without accrual (accumulation).

"Normal people in this position just get divorced," she says.

She asks Stander if he has an answer to that...

04 Jun 2015

“The State has a motive and the State will prove it's motive,” says Stander.

04 Jun 2015

Magistrate Beeton is now asking about motive.

04 Jun 2015

Stander now turns to the issue of the Cypriot travel documents.

Stander says that, in connection to the travel documents, he knew that the documents were in the possession of the defence and the State was not opposed to the fact that the documents were locked in a safe.

04 Jun 2015

Stander says that Siyoli was arrested, and it then became known that he had information with regards to the case against Christopher Panayiotou, he was brought to the investigating officers and was immediately provided legal representation.

04 Jun 2015

“Although Siyoli was arrested at the Infinity Club, he was not arrested by the investigating team.”

Stander now reveals that there is in fact a deal that has been struck with Siyoli and he is now a section 204 witness.

04 Jun 2015

“Siyoli was never arrested by members of the investigating team,” Stander says.

04 Jun 2015

Stander is now addressing the issue of accused number 1 Siyoli's confession:

04 Jun 2015

Prosecutor Stander adds that cell phone tracking still requires a court order to obtain the information. He says that this could take up to 7 days.

04 Jun 2015

Stander: “At no stage do we physically need the handset to track Panayiotou’s previous whereabouts.”

Christopher Panayiotou listens intently as the prosecution and defence go back and forth.

04 Jun 2015

Stander rebuts, saying he never said that the witnesses would be murdered, but that they would be unduly influenced.

04 Jun 2015

Price stresses that when Stander discussed the application of a warrant for live tracking he said "no one’s life is in danger here."

04 Jun 2015

“Should the State ever want to check if my client was where he was not supposed to be, the phone can be handed over to the State.

" The state could then check the GPS to determine where he is."

04 Jun 2015

He points out that he was perhaps at fault, as he was the one that referred to the (costly) live tracking. What he meant is that the phone can be used to locate Panayiotou.

04 Jun 2015

Price now clarifying the cell phone issue:
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