No love lost between Christopher Panayiotou and his dad after court hears of his ‘forced marriage’


In a recording of a conversation between a policeman and a close family friend of the Panayiotou family played on Wednesday it came to light that there was little love lost between Christopher and his father, Costa. In the recording it can be heard how Warrant Officer Leon Eksteen and the family friend, Phillip Vosloo, talk about a serious fight between the father and son after Costa found out about Christopher’s relationship with Chanelle Coutts.

Phillip can be heard saying: Phillip also refers to regular arguments between the father and son about the business and how Christopher managed it. Read more: Best friend of Christopher Panayiotou’s mistress raises eyebrows with Jayde tribute
Was Christopher a reluctant bride groom? Read more: ‘I thought Christopher was a good man,’ Jayde’s dad testifies in tears What also emerged from the recordings is the claim that Costa forced Christopher to marry Jayde, something which Adv. Terry Price labelled hearsay and a joke.
Costa was apparently also unhappy with Christopher and Jayde moving in together after their engagement.

Judge Dayalin Chetty accepted the accuracy of the transcript which was presented to the court.

From the recording it’s apparent that Phillip viewed Chanelle as submissive while Jayde was stubborn, something Christopher took exception to. Leon says her stubbornness apparently caused Christopher much grief.

Read more: This is how much Jayde’s life cost, alleged murder middleman tells court At this point Jayde’s mother, Michelle Inggs, started to cry in court. According to Phillip it was one of Christopher’s ambitions to work his father out of the family business.

Terry didn’t hesitate to make regular objections while the audio recording was discussed in court.

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