Panayiotou middleman may get deal, says State


Christopher Panayiotou appears in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates' Court for his bail hearing on May 20, 2015 in Port Elizabeth.

PORT ELIZABETH – A deal may be on the cards for the alleged middleman in the murder trial of Port Elizabeth teacher, Jayde Panayiotou, according to the Prosecution.

Panayiotou, who taught at Riebeek College Girls’ High School in Uitenhage, was murdered on April 21.

The 29-year-old was seized from outside her home in PE and her body was later discovered in KwaNobuhle, outside Uitenhage.

Her husband, Christopher Panayiotou was arrested at the beginning of the month.

His bail application is still under way in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

Panayiotou’s legal team is disputing the State’s claim that he is a flight risk as he holds a Cypriot passport.

The businessman is charged with kidnapping, murder, robbery and conspiracy to commit murder.

The State alleges that Panayiotou, 28, was involved in an extra-marital affair with an employee, and that he was over-indebted and struggling to keep both mistress and wife happy.

He is believed to have plotted to have his wife killed.

Panayiotou denies this, saying that he is worth millions and did not have anything to do with his wife&39;s murder.

His co-accused, Thando Siyoli is a former bouncer at his bar. The State believes he was the middleman in the murder plot and paid Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, the alleged triggerman, R30,000 to kill Jayde.

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