CAPE TOWN – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) say it doesn’t believe Christopher Panayiotou’s lawyers have new information that could see the Port Elizabeth businessman released on bail.
Panayiotou was due to apply for bail in the Port Elizabeth High Court yesterday, but the matter was postponed due the magistrate’s availability.
He’s accused of hiring a group of hitmen to kill his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, last year.
The school teacher disappeared while waiting for a lift to work last April and her body was found dumped on the outskirts of Uitenhage in Port Elizabeth.
The 29-year-old has been denied bail twice, but his counsel launched another bid, claiming there’s new evidence.
The NPA’s Tsepho Ndwalaza says, “We were actually going to argue because what is left now for us as the NPA is to take the stand and confirm whether the defence did have new facts or not, before we can deal with the issue of bail.”
Panayiotou’s lawyers have also told the court he’s willing to wear an ankle monitor if released on bail.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)