CAPE TOWN – The Port Elizabeth lawyer representing an employee of murder accused Christopher Panayiotou has confirmed the woman, believed to be his mistress, has turned state witness.
Panayiotou is accused of orchestrating the kidnapping and murder of his wife, Jayde, last month.
The 28-year-old businessman is due back in the dock tomorrow when his bail application resumes.
Lawyer Danie Gouws confirmed he is representing Panayiotou’s alleged girlfriend, Chanelle Coutts.
Gouws says he was informed by the prosecution that his client will be called to testify for the state.
“At this stage she’s a state witness and I’m just here to protect her interests.”
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In an affidavit last week, Panayiotou made mention of Coutts who is the personnel manager at one of his businesses.
The businessman says the young woman has been harassed and even threatened with violence over her alleged affair.
PANAYIOTOU’S AFFAIR WAS ‘COMMON KNOWLEDGE’
Earlier this month, Coutts’s mother declined to comment on her daughter’s questioning in connection with the case.
Several Algoa Park residents and employees of Panayiotou said the affair was ‘common knowledge’.
JAYDE’S MURDER NOT THAT SERIOUS
Last week, Panayiotou said he was appalled by the widespread public outcry to his wife’s murder.
This is one of the statements in an affidavit submitted by Panayiotou as motivation during a previous bail hearing.
On page 21 of his affidavit, Christopher Panayiotou said he notes the nature and gravity of the charges against him are serious.
But he said he has been appalled that the general public thinks his alleged involvement in his wife’s abduction and murder is the most grave of grave offences.
Panayiotou said this suggested hypocrisy, claiming a Uitenhage farmer’s brutal murder has not drawn as much attention.
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)