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.