Port Elizabeth – The trial of Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused who are facing charges of, among others, conspiracy to commit murder is expected to continue in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Monday.
On Friday the case against Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibko were postponed until Monday after more testimony from a former employee regarding Panayiotou using his cellphone.
There were 27 phone calls between Panayiotou and the alleged middleman accused of arranging his wife Jayde’s murder, using a phone Panayiotou supposedly borrowed from an employee.
This emerged during intense cross-examination of Mawonga Ndwede, a sacked merchandiser for the Panayiotou family businesses – an OK Grocer and the Infinity nightclub in the Port Elizabeth.
He was testifying in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Panayiotou’s advocate Terry Price SC subjected him to intense cross-examination.
Cellphone records presented to the court show that these calls were on a phone that Ndwede says he lent to Christopher Panayiotou.
Ndwede had claimed that Christopher Panayiotou frequently borrowed his cellphone in the two weeks leading up to Jayde’s disappearance on April 21 2015, and the discovery of a her body a day later.