CAPE TOWN – Alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou’s newly appointed advocate Mike Hellens SC is expected to represent him when his second attempt at bail kicks off next week.
Hellens has previously represented convicted fraudster J Arthur Brown and slain mining magnate Brett Kebble.
The Port Elizabeth businessman is accused of hiring two men to murder his wife Jayde in April.
In court papers, Panayiotou’s lawyers have highlighted several so-called errors by Magistrate Abigail Beeton in her refusal to grant bail last month.
They claim Beeton’s reasons for denying bail last month was self-contradictory and biased.
The defence added she simply ignored several important factors, like prison conditions and the fact that Panayiotou is a first-time offender.
A key factor in the bail denial was Panayiotou’s non-disclosure of his Cypriot passport.
His lawyers have admitted their client had told them about it, and that they advised him not to reveal that information to the court.
The businessman’s lawyers are also expected to elaborate why they have accused magistrate Beeton of being biased and self-contradictory.
They say Beeton relied heavily on unconvincing opinion evidence by the State.
(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)