Panayiotou, co-accused appear for pre-trial conference

Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court to hear his bail judgment. (Derrick Spies, News24)
Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou in court to hear his bail judgment. (Derrick Spies, News24)

Port Elizabeth – The four men who stand accused of orchestrating the murder of Jayde Panayiotou in April last year are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth High Court for a pre-trial conference.

Christopher Panayiotou, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko are facing charges including conspiracy to commit murder, murder and abduction.

During their last appearance, Vumazonke had apparently been violently ill in the holding cells.  

He struggled up the stairs and appeared to have lost a lot of weight since his last appearance. 

Jayde was abducted from in front of her Stellen Glen complex in Kabega Park where she was allegedly forced into the boot of a hired vehicle and driven to a remote area near KwaNobuhle, where she was murdered.

It is alleged that Panayiotou approached a bouncer, Luthando Siyoni, who worked for him to hire a hitman, believed to be Vumazonke, to murder his wife.

Siyoni has since turned state’s witness and the charges against him have since been withdrawn.  

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