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.
Solani Sibeko’s defence Team says he was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder. He should not be given the same sentence as Christopher #Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nenembe as he didn’t play a role in the murder. He suggests giving him seven years.— Sandy McCowen (@MccowenSandy) November 23, 2017
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.