Panayiotou to be sentenced soon

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WIFE killer Christopher Panayiotou could go to prison for the rest of his life as he was found guilty by judge Dayalin Chetty in his judgment in the Port Elizabeth High Court last week.

Panayiotou and his co-accused will be sentenced on November 17. Jayde’s family have been long waiting for justice to be served as they seek closure for their slain daughter. Panayiotou’s face reddened and his family seated directly behind him in court, cried during judgment.

A silent march took place outside court organised by the Justice For Jayde Facebook page created by a family friend of the Inggs called Debbie.

In a judgment that lasted much of the day, which was also Panayiotou’s 31st birthday, Chetty convicted him of murder while hitman Sinethemba Nemembe, 28, was found guilty of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances and Zolani Sibeko, 35, was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.

After the judgment, Jayde’s younger sister Toni Inggs and her parents Michelle and Derrick Ingss were comforted by people who came to support them. Defence advocate Terry Price SC has already indicated that he intends bringing an application for leave to appeal against the conviction.

Uitenhage teacher Jayde, 29, went missing from outside her home in Kabega Park, Port Elizabeth on April 21, 2015. Her body was found in Kwa-Nobuhle the next day. Chetty said an inference could properly be made from the gun residue found on her hand that in her final moments she had begged for mercy.

“That act of supplication, however, elicited a bullet to her head. The medical and ballistic findings compel the conclusion that this was an execution-style murder.” Chetty’s findings included that Jayde Panayiotou was shot execution-style.

This was backed up by the gun residue found on her hand as she tried to shield herself from the final bullet to the head. He said Middleman Luthando Siyoni and his girlfriend, Babalwa Breakfast, were suborned to recant their police statements, taking the state by surprise.

Panayiotou’s involvement was proven beyond a reasonable doubt by the recorded conversation as his intimate knowledge of the kidnapping and murder became clear.

Turning to the sting video in which Panayiotou and Siyoni candidly discussed Jayde’s murder, Chetty said the police’s conduct had not gone beyond providing an opportunity for Panayiotou to commit an offence.

“It is clear the evidence procured in the car established Panayiotou’s complicity in Jayde’s murder beyond a reasonable doubt.” After judgment was passed on Justice For Jayde Facebook page it was written: “Coward! couldn’t even take the stand.

Showed no remorse whatsoever. “Hope you suffer in prison! Where you belong. That look on your face shows how Evil you are! “I hope you remember yesterday forever! “When everyone clapped I hope you heard it, cause that applause was for Jayde.

The beautiful woman whose life you decided to end.” “He doesn’t deserve to be called her hubby, don’t call him that,” Wendy Paul posted. Some comments applauded the judgment saying Panayoitou got a birthday gift he deserved.

  LONDEKA DLAMINI  provinces@thenewage.co.za

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