Magistrate to explain why Panayiotou was denied bail

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Murder accused Christopher Panayiotou will remain behind bars after his lawyers failed to convince the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court that he should be released on bail.

PORT ELIZABETH – The magistrate who refused bail to murder accused Christopher Panayiotou was due to explain her reasons in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate&39;s Court this morning.

Panayiotou, 28, is accused of murdering his wife, 29-year-old Jayde in April.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton denied Panayiotou bail last week.

Jayde Panayiotou, a teacher, disappeared outside her housing complex and was missing for several days. Her body was found in KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage.

Her disappearance was initially thought to have been linked to a robbery, however police and prosecutors have accused her husband of masterminding her kidnapping and murder. He is accused of hiring a hitman. 

During his bail application, the prosecution argued that he was a flight risk and claimed he had destroyed evidence in the case.

The prosecutor, Marius Stander also accused Panayiotou of lying to police.

His lawyers are likely to appeal Beeton&39;s decision in the Eastern Cape High Court.

During the bail application, Panayiotou&39;s lawyers had argued that he had no motive to murder his wife.