Panayiotou lawyers question admissibility of ‘incriminating’ recording

CAPE TOWN – The defence counsel for Christopher Panayiotou, wants the judge to provide reasons why he ruled that a video recording, in which its client allegedly implicated himself in his wife's murder, is admissible.

Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko are currently on trial in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The PE businessman allegedly hired men to kill his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, two years ago.

The school teacher's body was found on the outskirts of Uitenage, a day after she was kidnapped outside her home.

The defence's Terry Price has on Wednesday indicated he won't be bringing an application asking for Judge Dayalin Chetty to recuse himself from the matter.

Price instead wants the judge to give reasons for his ruling on the admissibility of the video recording, between the accused and alleged middleman Luthando Siyoni.

Chetty has this week indicated he will provide reasons when he delivers judgement.

The State has called warrant officer Mzikayase Kelemane who worked for the police's electronics surveillance unit.

The officer was tasked with ensuring that the electronic devices in the vehicle, in which Panayiotou and Siyoni were recorded in during the police sting operation, functioned properly.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

In the video recording, Panayiotou can be heard urging alleged middleman Siyoni to go to Jeffrey's Bay.

Panayiotou audio: “My uncle is all around me, so I am going to tell them that you came to see me to borrow money because people have been questioning for steroids. You need to go hide in Jeffrey’s (Bay) for a while, and keep quiet.”

Panayiotou then reiterates their relationship can't be uncovered.

Panayiotou audio: “I am going to be okay, as long as they never know about us. I only ever helped you with the gym, I never did anything with you.”

Panayiotou then tells Siyoni not to contact him, as the police are keeping tabs on him.

WATCH: Secret video Released of Panayiotou and Siyoni


This article first appeared on EWN : Panayiotou lawyers question admissibility of ‘incriminating’ recording


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