CAPE TOWN – The case against alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou has been delayed by a dispute over where his bail appeal should be heard.
The Port Elizabeth (PE) businessman’s legal team wants the matter to be heard in the Grahamstown High Court, while the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has called for it to be argued in PE.
Panayiotou has been held at St Albans prison in PE since shortly after his arrest for allegedly orchestrating Jayde Panayiotou’s murder in April.
He allegedly hired two men to kidnap and kill his wife in April.
Jayde was kidnapped from outside her apartment complex while waiting for a lift to work.
Her body was found the following day near the KwaNobuhle township.
The NPA’s Tsepo Ndwalaza says there’s no need for Panayiotou’s bail appeal to be heard in Grahamstown.
“There is a High Court in PE and we can deal with it here.”
Ndwalaza says the defence has also not yet provided copies of the court submission to appeal the bail denial.
He says this means the matter will probably not be heard for the next two weeks because the prosecution will need to study the papers.
Panayiotou’s next scheduled to appear at the PE Magistrates Court on 13 August along with two alleged accomplices in his wife’s murder.
(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2015/07/01/Another-delay-in-Panayiotou-case