UPDATE: Stiff sentence for Panayiotou, co-accused

FILE: Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko, are back in court in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Photo: ANA / Raahil Sain

PORT ELIZABETH - Christopher Panayiotou and one of his co-accused were sentenced to life in the Eastern Cape High court on Friday for the murder of Panayiotou’s wife, Jayde.

A third accused was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment.

 

 

 

Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko were found guilty of the murder in April 2015 in Port Elizabeth.

On Thursday, Panayiotou’s sister Kalleope begged Judge Dayalin Chetty to show her brother mercy.

 

 

Judge Chetty also ruled that middleman Luthando Siyoni was not indemnified from prosecution after he recanted his statements on the stand.

He is likely to stand trial for murder.

 

 

 “May I urge your lordship not to impose sledgehammer justice here, I want to finish, my lord, by placing my client's life and that of his family in your hands," Panayiotou’s lawyer, Terry Price, said.

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