CAPE TOWN – The man who wiped data off cell phones belonging to murder accused Christopher Panayiotou and his mistress says he’s done nothing wrong.
It emerged during Panayiotou’s lengthy bail hearings that the data would be almost impossible to retrieve.
The 28-year-old Port Elizabeth businessman is accused of hiring two men to murder his wife, Jayde, in April.
IT technician Donovan Vosloo has denied he deleted his friend Panayiotou’s phone data to hide information that could reveal motive for his Jayde’s murder.
It’s believed he killed her because he deemed her a financial burden.
Vosloo’s lawyer Paul Bester says Panayiotou took his and his mistress Chanelle Coutts’s phones to his client because they were ‘technically problematic’.
“In fact, before Jayde went missing, my client was requested to assist with the phones because he was told that there are problems with the phones in terms of dropping calls, receiving emails and the phone operating properly.”
This contradicts Panayiotou’s testimony that he had the phones wiped to conceal his extramarital affair from his parents.
Last month, it was revealed that Jayde’s alleged killer would need new legal representation after his attorney was struck off the roll.
Sizwezakhe Vumazonke’s lawyer is not allowed to continue practicing as an attorney; however, she can appeal the decision.
Anne Swanepoel was convicted of stealing from a client and his counsel in 2011 and was subsequently sentenced to three years correctional supervision.
The Cape Law Society’s Rampela Mokoena said they have welcomed a decision.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)