Cred­i­bil­ity of key wit­ness in Panayiotou case un­der at­tack

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plinary charges”.

Nd­edwa tes­ti­fied on the eighth day of the mur­der trial against Panayiotou and his two co-ac­cused, Sinethemba Nen­embe and Zolani Sibeko, in the Port El­iz­a­beth High Court.

The men are ac­cused of kid­nap­ping and killing Panayio- tou’s wife Jayde in April last year.

Nd­edwa al­leges Panayiotou used his cell­phone to call Siy­oni, who was a bouncer at Panayiotou’s In­fin­ity night­club.

Ad­vo­cate Terry Price said there were 27 calls made be­tween Nd­edwa and Siy­oni’s cell­phone num­bers, two weeks be­fore Jayde’s dis­ap­pear­ance. Nd­edwa de­nied ever call­ing Siy­oni and told the court he would only speak to Siy­oni when he saw him at Panayiotou’s night­club.

But Price sug­gested he was down­play­ing the re­la­tion­ship and the pair would of­ten “en­joy brandy spe­cials” at the club.

Nd­edwa de­nied this, say­ing he went to the night­club for his “own busi­ness” and not to talk to Siy­oni.

The State al­leges Panayiotou paid Siy­oni, a bouncer from In­fin­ity night­club, to hire hit­man Sizweza­khe Vu­ma­zonke to kid­nap and kill his school- teacher wife.

The State also al­leges Nen­embe as­sisted Vu­ma­zonke to kid­nap and mur­der Jayde at the be­hest of her hus­band.

Vu­ma­zonke has since died in cus­tody at St Al­ban’s Prison.

Af­ter Jayde was driven to a re­mote area near Kwanobuhle, where the al­leged mur­der was com­mit­ted, the State al­leges Vu­ma­zonke fired two shots through Jayde’s back and a fi­nal shot through her head.

Sibeko was the last per­son to be ar­rested, 15 months af­ter the mur­der. He has ap­par­ently been linked to the crime through cell­phone map­ping, which al­legedly shows him out- side Jayde’s Stellen Glen com­plex shortly be­fore her mur­der.

Panayiotou, Nen­embe and Sibeko face charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, mur­der, kid­nap­ping, and rob­bery with ag­gra­vat­ing cir­cum­stances.

Panayiotou also faces an ad­di­tional charge of de­feat­ing or ob­struct­ing the course of jus­tice.

They have all pleaded not guilty.

The trial con­tin­ues on Mon­day. – ANA

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