PORT ELIZABETH – Murder accused Christopher Panayiotou has been refused bail by the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton made the ruling on Friday morning and is expected to give her reasons early next week.

It was the first time Jayde Panayiotou’s father, Derick Inggs attended court proceedings. 

Panayiotou, 28, is accused of orchestrating the murder of his school teacher wife in April.

The 29-year-old was snatched outside her home in PE and her body was later found in KwaNobuhle, outside Uitenhage.

The businessman faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, kidnapping as well as robbery with aggravating circumstances.

In his affidavit, Panayiotou asked to be granted bail because he couldn’t bear the living conditions at St Alban’s prison.

His lawyers said he had offered R50,000 bail, so that he could be released pending his trial for his wife’s murder.

State Prosecutor Marius Stander argued that Panayiotou was under financial pressure and couldn’t afford the costs of two women.

On Thursday, prosecutor Marius Stander confirmed that alleged middleman, Thando Siyoli, will enter into a plea bargain with the state.

Siyoli will receive immunity from prosecution, in exchange for his evidence about the crime.

– eNCA