Panayiotou might tamper with evidence if released: magistrate

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Christopher Panayiotou during his bail hearing at the Port Elizabeth Magistrates' Court on June 4, 2015 in Port Elizabeth.

PORT ELIZABETH – Magistrate Abigail Beeton ruled that murder accused Christopher Panayiotou failed to prove that his release on bail would be in the interests of justice.

Magistrate Beeton was explaining her reasons for denying Panayiotou bail at the Port Elizabeth Magistrate&39;s court.

The case was postponed to June 19 for further investigation.

Magistrate Beeton also found that Panayiotou wasn&39;t honest with the court and is financially over-committed.

It also emerged that evidence had been wiped off from the phones of Panayiotou and his mistress.

The magistrate found the murder accused businessman could influence witnesses and tamper with evidence.

Panayiotou, 28, is accused of murdering his wife, 29-year-old Jayde in April.

He faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, kidnapping as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances.