PORT ELIZABETH – The magistrate who refused bail to murder accused Christopher Panayiotou was due to explain her reasons in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court this morning.

Panayiotou, 28, is accused of murdering his wife, 29-year-old Jayde in April.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton denied Panayiotou bail last week.

Jayde Panayiotou, a teacher, disappeared outside her housing complex and was missing for several days. Her body was found in KwaNobuhle in Uitenhage.

Her disappearance was initially thought to have been linked to a robbery, however police and prosecutors have accused her husband of masterminding her kidnapping and murder. He is accused of hiring a hitman. 

During his bail application, the prosecution argued that he was a flight risk and claimed he had destroyed evidence in the case.

The prosecutor, Marius Stander also accused Panayiotou of lying to police.

His lawyers are likely to appeal Beeton’s decision in the Eastern Cape High Court.

During the bail application, Panayiotou’s lawyers had argued that he had no motive to murder his wife. 

 

– eNCA