Panayiotou sus­pect takes a swipe at pho­tog­ra­phers

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

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

Jayde Panayiotou

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