Alleged Panayiotou hitman blames police for bruises during appearance

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Alleged hitman in Jayde Panayiotou murder appears bruised at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Tuesday (05 May 2015)

KING WILLIAMSTOWN - The third man accused of the murder of Jayde Panayiotou has appeared at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate&39;s Court with bruises for which he has blamed police. 

Arrested on Sunday, Sizwesakhe Vumazonke is the suspected hit man in the crime that attracted massive public attention after the teacher went missing on April 21. 

Panayiotou&39;s husband, Christopher and a man who worked as security at a pub he owned, are accused of the crime. 

It is alleged it was her husband who orchestrated the abduction and subsequent murder. He has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances.

The Panayiotou family offered a R150 000 reward for information on Jayde Panayiotou&39;s whereabouts, catapulting police to action.

A manhunt led them to her dead body the following day.

The 28-year-old teacher had been abducted from outside her home in Kabega Park while waitng for a lift to the school in which she taught. 

Vumazonke who has previously been convicted of robbery, apparently tried to evade arrest by trying to run away from police during his arrest. The prosecutor told eNCA "that may have something to do with bruises."

He is set to be back in court on June 19, along with the murder victim&39;s husband.