Panayiotou to learn his fate

2 November 2017 Port Elizabeth businessman Christopher Panayiotou has just been found guilty of the murder of his wife, Jayde. Judgment was handed down in the Port Elizabeth High court today (02/11/17), on Panayiotou’s 31st birthday. Sentencing will take place 17 November, 2017 at 9:30am. Panayiotou was found guilty of murder and obstruction of justice, Sinethemba Nemembe of murder and robbery aggravating and Zolani Sibeko of conspiracy to murder. Judge Dayalin Chetty commended Jayde’s team and state for their excellent work, calling the criticism against them unfounded. In a case that shocked the city, much-loved Uitenhage teacher Jayde, 29, was abducted from outside her Kabega Park home on April 21 2015. Her body was found in Rocklands, outside Uitenhage, at about 10am the next day. Panayiotou was arrested shortly after her funeral. Pictured businessman Christopher Panayiotou and Co Accused Sinethemba Nemembe and Zolani Sibeko Picture Eugene Coetzee/The Herald

JOHANNESBURG – Jayde Panayioutou’s former husband and murderer, Christopher Panayiotou is expected to appear at the Port Elizabeth High Court for sentencing this week.

Christopher Panayiotou, a renowned businessman in Port Elizabeth was convicted by the police earlier in November last year for orchestrating the murder of his wife Jayde in April 2015

Jayde’s body was found lifeless in a veld just outside Uitenhage a day after she was kidnapped from her home in Port Elizabeth.

Earlier this month, Judge Deyalin Chetty found the businessman guilty for masterminding the murder of his wife before she set the 17th of November as the day for sentencing proceedings.

This was after a secret recording was presented before the court that proved beyond reasonable doubt that the businessman knew about the kidnapping and events that transpired when his wife was brutally murdered.

Co-accused, co-conspirator Zolani Sibeko was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder while hitman Sinethemba Nenembe was convicted on a charge of murder and robbery.

The alleged shooter who killed Jayde, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, died in hospital while awaiting trial.

Jayde’s family says they want justice to be served for the sake of their beloved daughter, saying Christopher and the co-accused deserve a long sentence in prison.

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