De­fence wants judge to re­cuse him­self

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - RAAHIL SAIN

IN A BIZARRE twist, the de­fence team rep­re­sent­ing mur­der ac­cused Christo­pher Panayiotou have in­di­cated that they will bring an ap­pli­ca­tion for Judge Day­alin Chetty to re­cuse him­self.

Ad­vo­cate Terry Price, for Panayiotou, yes­ter­day said he would bring the ap­pli­ca­tion based on his “client not hav­ing a fair trial”.

Ear­lier, a video record­ing in which Panayiotou al­legedly im­pli­cated him­self in his wife’s mur­der was ruled ad­mis­si­ble by Judge Chetty.

Sub­se­quent to the rul­ing, Price pulled out all the stops in ask­ing the court to ad­journ the mat­ter un­til next month.

“At the mo­ment, I am blind and I am lit­i­gat­ing in the dark; we need to take ad­vice. I can­not pro­ceed at the mo­ment,” Price said. “I’m not look­ing for sym­pa­thy. It took me two weeks to draft those heads of ar­gu­ment and they have just been thatched past your lord­ship. They ob­vi­ously didn’t mean a thing, and that is wor­ry­ing to me. So I am ask­ing you from the bot­tom of my heart, please al­low me to prop­erly pre­pare.”

Price in­di­cated that the de­fence team would now want to rope in ad­vo­cate Dup de Bruyn SC.

Panayiotou’s lawyers said they did not know how to pro­ceed.

Price was adamant Panayiotou had not been en­joy­ing a fair trial, adding that the de­fence were over­ruled at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, even com­ing at Judge Chetty for not pro­vid­ing rea­sons as to why he ruled the un­der­cover po­lice sting op­er­a­tion ad­mis­si­ble.

“I am not obliged to give rea­sons at a trial-within-a-trial,” Judge Chetty told him. But Price re­torted that the judge could be mis­taken.

AC­CUSED: Christo­pher Panayiotou

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