Christopher Panayiotou appears in court, case postponed
Christopher Panayiotou is due back in court on 19 June after appearing today for the first time.
PORT ELIZABETH – Christopher Panayiotou has for the first time appeared in court since his arrest in connection with the abduction and murder of his wife, Jayde.
Panayiotou stared straight ahead as the charges against him were read out to a packed courtroom.
The businessman has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, robbery and murder.
He will remain in custody until his appearance on 19 June when he will face the four charges against him.
Police have confirmed a third suspect was also arrested.
A 30-year-old man was arrested in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth on Sunday.
Panayiotou was arrested last week after Jayde’s body was found in an abandoned area of the Kwanobuhle township in Uitenhage, a day after she’d been reported missing.
He’s accused of hiring men to kill her.
More details into Jayde’s death are also expected to emerge today.
While Eastern Cape police would not be drawn on the possible motive behind the 29-year-old’s killing, the case into how and why her husband allegedly hired men to kill her begins now.
FIRST SUSPECT COULD TURN STATE WITNESS
The first man arrested in connection with the Port Elizabeth teacher’s murder could turn state witness.
It’s understood the suspect helped police set up a trap for Jayde’s 28-year-old husband.
He apparently worked as a bouncer at a club owned by Panayiotou.
The suspect appeared in court last week and is expected back in the dock on 7 May.
To find learn more about how the Jayde’s story unfolded, click here.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)
Article source: http://ewn.co.za/2015/05/04/Jayde-Panayiotou-husband-in-the-dock