Panayiotou bail application postponed

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Johannesburg, 14 May 2015 Christopher Panayiotou insists there's no reason why he would have his wife Jayde murdered. He told the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court he was deeply in love with her.

PORT ELIZABETH – The bail application for Christopher Panayiotou has been postponed until Wednesday 20 May.

Panayiotou has been charged with conspiring to murder his wife as well as defeating the ends of justice.

Jayde Panayiotou went missing while waiting for a lift to the school she taught at, on the morning of 21 April. 

Her body was found the next day in the township of KwaNobuhle.

The teacher&39;s husband and his employee Thando Siyoli were arrested a few days later.  

It&39;s claimed Panayiotou asked Siyoli to recruit a gunman to kidnap and murder his wife.

State Prosecutor Marius Stander requested the postponement and said he will hand in the affidavit on the state&39;s case against Panayiotou by Saturday 16 May.

At the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Thursday morning an affidavit from Panayiotou was read out.

In it, he complained about the conditions at St Alban’s prison saying it was humiliating to use the toilet in front of other inmates.

Other affidavits, read out by Panayiotou’s lawyer Terry Price, were from the accused’s employees and his parents, describing him as a kind and gentle person.

Price told the court that the video of his client meeting with the murder accused may not be admissible.

“The defense will object if the state wants to play it,”  he said.

State Prosecutor Marius Stander said Panayiotou’s claims of earning only R30,000 a month doesn’t match up.

 

Panayiotou Affidavit 15 May 2015

 

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