Port Elizabeth – Jayde Panayiotou’s car registration number and make were
texted to a contact called “Happy Trigger”, the High Court in Port Elizabeth
heard during the murder trial of her husband on Monday.
witness Luthando Siyoni testified that of the two ”Happy Trigger” contacts
saved on his phone, one was an enthusiastic gym-goer. He said he did not know
who the other one was.
nightclub bouncer and gym owner was vague in answering prosecutor Marius
Stander’s questions about his cellphone records.
claimed to not be able to remember the context to texts, or even whether the ”Chris”
saved on his phone was one of the accused, Christopher Panayiotou.
Sinethemba Nenembe, and Zolani Sibeko are on trial on charges of conspiring,
kidnapping, robbing, and killing Jayde on April 21 last year. They pleaded not
worked as a bouncer at Panayiotou’s Infinity Cocktail Bar in Algoa Park. He
allegedly hired the gunman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, who died in a Port Elizabeth
hospital in September.
asked Siyoni if he remembered why, according to the call log, he made a lot of
contact with “Happy Trigger” on March 4 and 5 last year.
said he could not explain this. Nor could he remember sending “Happy
Trigger” an SMS with the licence plate details of Jayde’s grey Ford Fiesta.
presented the results of a forensic trawl of Siyoni’s cellphone records,
including searches he had done on the handset, and visits to Facebook.
to his story that he was in negotiations with Vumazonke to buy weights for his
court heard that while the two were driving together at one stage, Vumazonke
allegedly made a startling claim.
the way he told me a story,” said Siyoni earlier.
was sent by Chris that he must kill his wife.”
Price, for Panayiotou, objected on the grounds of hearsay.
Jayde was allegedly kidnapped from outside her townhouse complex in Kabega
Park, Port Elizabeth, on April 21, 2015. She was found shot dead in a field
near KwaNobuhle the next day.