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Panayiotou’s bail application denied

It is been a case of third time unlucky for murder accused Christopher Panayiotou. His third attempt to be released on bail was dealt another blow on Tuesday.

The Port Elizabeth High Court dismissed Panayiotou’s application to access a police docket into the investigation of his wife’s murder and abduction.

Panayiotou is accused of masterminding the abduction and murder of his wife Jayde in April.

Judge Dayalin Chetty delivered the ruling stating that by releasing the docket it opens the possibility of interference with state witnesses and the tampering of evidence.

The ruling also stated that the investigation was still at an early and sensitive stage.

National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Tshepo Ndwalaza says, “The judge has made it clear that the NPA and the investigating officers were right by refusing to give access to the documentation. Reason being it was going to be difficult for them to divulge the policing strategies that they are using and of course there was a lot of information that was not for public consumption at the moment.”

Panayiotou’s defence team did not attend the ruling and was not available for comment.

Panayiotou and two of his co accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke and Sinethemba Nenembe remain in custody and will re-appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates court on January 12.

A fourth accused, Luthando Siyoli turned state witness.

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