Port Elizabeth – Christopher Panayiotou was eager to kill his teacher wife and her hitmen had several dry runs before the actual murder, the court heard on Thursday.
The Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court was given chilling details about a plan to kill Jayde Panayiotou, allegedly master-minded by her husband Christopher.
State prosecutor Marius Stander started reading investigating officer Rhynhardt (Kanna) Swanepoel’s affidavit into the record during Panayiotou’s bail application, exactly one month after the murder on April 21, the week before a long weekend.
According to Swanepoel’s affidavit, Panayiotou was apparently eager to have his wife killed before the holidays.
His father was said to have known about his extra-marital affair, which had been going on for three years, and threatened to disinherit Panayioutou if he did not break it off because he loved Jayde as his own daughter.
Shooter would get R40 000
Panayioutou agreed to pay R70 000 to have Jayde killed, Swanepoel said in his affidavit.
The intermediary would keep R30 000 and the shooter would get R40 000.
According to the investigating officer, accused three, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, hired a car on April 9 to use in the murder.
The hired vehicle was equipped with a tracking device.
It was arranged that accused one, Thando Siyoli, and Vumazonke would wait for Jayde at her husband’s Infinity Bar in Algoa Park on that Sunday, the 12th of April, according to the affidavit.
Panayiotou would then bring Jayde to the bar so that they could identify her.
The plan was for them to follow