Murder-accused Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused in the Port Elizabeth High Court. FILE PHOTO: Raahil Sain / ANA

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Alleged wife killer Panayiotou and co-accused back in PElizabeth court

PORT ELIZABETH, September 27 – The murder trial involving Christopher Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko is expected to continue in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Wednesday.
The Port Elizabeth businessman allegedly orchestrated his wife Jayde Panayiotou’s murder in April 2015. The school teacher was abducted outside the couple’s Stelen Glen Compex in Kabega Park and her body was later discovered on the outskirts of Kwanobhule.
On Tuesday, the trial hit a snag when the defence indicated they could not proceed due to the unavailability of witnesses.
Panayiotou’s defence has yet to present its case before the Port Elizabeth High Court, but advocate Terry Price indicated that some witnesses were not available and asked Judge Dayalin Chetty to postpone the matter.
Price said four witnesses would be called and he would in all probability wrap up his case early next week.
In June, the prosecution closed its case against Panayiotou, Nenembe and Sibeko.
State Advocate Marius Stander called over 40 witnesses during the duration of whats been a mammoth trial.
Panayiotou is accused of paying Luthando Siyoni, a bouncer from his Infinity nightclub, to hire Sizwe Vumazonke to kidnap and kill Jayde.
The school teacher was abducted while waiting for a lift to work and subsequently murdered on the outskirts of Kwanobuhle, on the way to Uitenhage.
The State alleges that Nenembe assisted Vumazonke to kidnap and murder the teacher at the behest of her husband.
Vumazonke has since died.
Sibeko has been named as the person who was allegedly asked to source a firearm for Jayde’s killing.


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