Panayiotou 'middleman' strikes immunity deal

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Thando Siyoli will become a so-called Section 204 witness. This means he gets immunity from prosecution.

PORT ELIZABETH - The alleged middleman in the Jayde Panayiotou murder won&39;t get jail time -- in exchange for his evidence about the crime.

Jayde&39;s husband Christopher Panayiotou stands accused of masterminding the hit on the 28-year-old Port Elizabeth teacher.

Prosecutor Marius Stander has confirmed that Thando Siyoli, who works at Panayiotou&39;s night club, will become a so-called Section 204 witness.

This means he gets immunity from prosecution.

Panayiotou&39;s lawyers say he&39;s happy to pay R50,000 bail so that he can be released pending his trial for his wife&39;s murder.

But Magistrate Abigail Beeton -- who was scheduled to make a ruling on Panayiotou&39;s bail on Thursday -- says she wants to revisit her decision on whether or not the Port Elizabeth businessman should be released.

The delay follows more dramatic revelations from prosecutor Marius Stander, who says Panayiotou&39;s mistress will back up the state&39;s argument that Jayde was killed because she cost her husband too much money.

Magistrate Beeton says she will give a short ruling on whether Panayiotou should get bail on Friday -- and will provide full reasons for her decision next week.

* eNCA reporter Karyn Maughan has more on this story. Watch the video in the gallery above.