Jayde Panayiotou (28) was abducted outside her Kabega Park home on Tuesday, 28 April, while waiting for her lift to the school where she taught. She was later found dead on the outskirts of the KwaNobuhle Township in Uitenhage. Panayiotou was laid to rest last Tuesday.
Brigadier Marinda Mills confirmed that a third man had been arrested in New Brighton on Sunday and would appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The news followed the appearance of Jayde Panayiotou’s husband in the same court on Monday morning.
Christopher Panayiotou (28) made a brief appearance and was told he faced charges of kidnapping, robbery and murder, as well as conspiracy to kill his wife.
Wearing a black suit and open-necked shirt, he appeared quiet and reserved.
The court postponed the matter until 19 June for further investigation.
Panayiotou will remain in custody until then.
Viewers in the public gallery expressed relief that he would not be released. Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers’ Association head, Kobus Gerber, was heard commenting: “Good, he needs to stay there.”
The first man arrested in connection with the murder, Thando Siyoli (31) appeared in the same court last Thursday. Details emerged that a substantial amount of money was allegedly paid for the hit.