New defence team for Panayiotou


Port Elizabeth, 8 May 2015 - Jayde Panayiotou's husband says he is innocent of her murder - and will prove it in court.

GRAHAMSTOWN - Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou appointed a new advocate, Mike Hellens, a well-known Joburg senior council to represent him at his bail appeal hearing on Monday.

Hellens made news in 2013 after media reports about his alleged affair with former prosecutor and now DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach.

Panayiotou stands accused of plotting his wife Jayde’s murder -- allegedly because he couldn&39;t afford the expense of having both a wife and a mistress.

The 29-year-old was murdered on April 21 after she was kidnapped outside her Port Elizabeth home. Her body was found dumped later in KwaNobuhle, outside Uitenhage.

The State alleges that Panyiotou told Thando Siyoli, a bouncer at his club, to organise the hit on his wife.

Prosecutor Marius Stander argued that the bail appeal should be heard in the Port Elizabeth magistrate’s court and that the appeal should be struck off the role.

Judge Glen Goosen ruled against this proposal.

Hellens applied for access to statements made by Panayiotou’s mistress and the statements made by her friends.

He also requested access to pictures of Siyoli&39;s arrest, and the occurrence book documenting his arrest as the state’s case will lead heavily on the bouncer’s evidence.

Justice for Jayde

Jayde’s family  and friends appeared in court on Monday wearing black Justice for Jayde T-shirts.

The front of the shirts had the following text: "Hope is the only thing more powerful than fear".

The Democratic Alliance also protested with “Justice for Jayde” signs.