Panayiotou suspect takes a swipe at photographers
A FIFTH suspect arrested in connection with the murder of murdered school teacher Jayde Panayiotou became visibly agitated about being photographed in the Port Elizabeth’s Magistrate’s Court.
Zolani Sibeko told reporters yesterday “you make me sick” and “you have no right to take pictures of me”.
His relatives seated in the court gallery were also visibly angry with the media for trying to photograph him. At one point a woman got up to inform court employees.
The photographs were being shot when the court was not yet in session.
Police arrested Sibeko last Sunday after using cellphone tracking which placed him at the scene of the Stellen Glen complex where the kidnapping took place.
Jayde’s husband, Christopher Panayiotou, stands accused of masterminding the abduction and murder of his wife in April last year, allegedly because she was a “financial burden”. The State alleged he paid a bouncer at his Infinity night club, Luthando Siyoni, to hire hitman Sizwezakhe Vumazonke to kidnap and kill Jayde.
Siyoni has since become a section 204 witness, which means he is indemnified from prosecution if the court is satisfied at the end of the trial that he testified honestly.
The State further alleged Sinethemba Nenembe helped Vumazonke to kidnap and kill Jayde at the behest of her husband. During court proceedings yesterday, attorney Louis van Rensburg represented Sibeko.
Van Rensburg will now have to provide the State with a hard drive in order to obtain copies of the docket. He indicated that lawyer Peter Daubermann would represent Sibeko at the trial.
Daubermann is also representing Nenembe.
State prosecutor Marius Stander asked for the matter to be postponed, adding that he would ask for the case to be transferred to the Port Elizabeth High Court, where a pre-trial conference is set to take place in October.
Sibeko faces charges of conspiracy to commit murder, murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances, kidnapping and the unlawful possession of firearm and ammunition. The case was postponed to Wednesday. – ANA