Judgment expected in Panayiotou bail application
Judge Glen Goosen will deliver judgment in Christopher Panayiotou’s bail appeal today.
GRAHAMSTOWN – It’s judgment day in the bail appeal of alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou.
Panayiotou is accused of hiring two men to murder his 29-year-old wife Jayde in Uitenhage in April.
He’d been granted the right to have his bail appeal heard in the Grahamstown High Court after it was denied in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court last month.
The Port Elizabeth businessman’s initial bail application was denied by Magistrate Abigail Beeton.
Judge Glen Goosen will deliver judgment today.
Panayiotou’s legal team last week presented similar arguments during his second attempt at bail.
Defence advocate Mike Hellens told the court they’d be challenging the testimony of state witness Luthando Siyoli.
Siyoli, who was a bouncer at Panayiotou’s bar, was allegedly paid to hire a hitman to kill Jayde.
Hellens also argued that his client is not a flight risk, saying everything Panayiotou owns is tied to his assets, which include his Port Elizabeth businesses.
Panayiotou again argued that conditions in jail are degrading as inmates are forced to use the toilet in front of each other.
(Edited by Tamsin Wort)