Panayiotou murder case postponed


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

PORT ELIZABETH - The case against Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused has been postponed to August 13 for further investigation. 
The three appeared before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate&39;s Court on Friday in a session that lasted just a few minutes.
Panayiotou, 28, is accused of orchestrating the murder of his school teacher wife, Jayde, in April this year. 
He appeared in court on Friday for the first time alongside his co-accused Luthando Siyoli, 31, and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30.
Cameras were not allowed in court on Thursday as state witness Siyoli was also appearing.
Family members of all accused attended court proceedings.
An emotional Jayde Panayiotou’s sister could be seen staring at the alleged trigger man Vumazonke.
The trio face charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and defeating the ends of justice.
Twenty-nine-year-old Jayde was kidnapped outside her home as she waited for a lift to school in April.
Her body was later found near KwaNobuhle township in Uitenhage. She had been shot three times. 
The state alleges that her husband, Christopher Panayiotou, hired his co-accused to carry out the murder for a R70,000 price tag.
Last week,  Panayiotou was denied bail and remains behind bars at St Albans Prison.