Port Elizabeth – There was high drama at Christopher
Panayiotou’s bail application in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on
Thursday, with his lawyer describing the State’s description of the motive for
the murder of his wife Jayde as a “thumbsuck” and a “lie”.
”This is pure poor unadulterated thumbsuck,” said advocate
Terry Price, making a last ditch bid for 28-year-old Panayiotou to be released
In a heated exchange, Price rejected a submission that Jayde
was killed because her husband was cash strapped and would lose his inheritance
if he carried on seeing his girlfriend Chanelle Coutts.
Price said this was a lie, and wanted to know who had said
Jayde was killed because her husband could not afford her.
What was the logic in buying a house for Jayde, if had
wanted to get rid of her?, he asked.
Price said there was no affidavit from his client’s
girlfriend Chanelle Coutts, and the State was just producing
“There is a smell in this courtroom and I suspect that
it will continue into the trial,” added Price.
If there was a statement saying she was killed for money, he
wanted to see it.
Prosecutor Marius Stander said he was not afraid to say that
he had an affidavit saying that.
Price pounced and as he threatened to file an application to
see the affidavit, the recording equipment crashed and court was adjourned for
a short period.
R50 000 offer for bail
Panayiotou has been in custody at St Alban’s Prison for more
than a month since his arrest on April 29 for the murder of Jayde, who
disappeared on April 21.
His lawyer has complained bitterly about what he says are
appalling conditions at the prison.
Panayiotou faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder,
murder‚ kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and defeating the
ends of justice.
Thando Siyoli‚ 31‚ and Sizwezakhe Vumazonke‚ 30‚ are his
co-accused. The State has also struck a deal for Siyoli to become a witness in
return for possible immunity from prosecution. Panayiotou’s girlfriend Coutts
would be a direct witnesss.
She has her own lawyer now.
Earlier, the court heard that Panayiotou had offered R50 000
for bail. The State would take custody of his documents, which include a Cyprus
ID card and a South African ID. Price had said that Panayiotou would use a
cellphone with a GPS tracking device allowing police to keep an eye on his