South Africa 17.5.2018 11:03 am

Judge says Panayiotou’s appeal bid without merit

Christopher Panayiotou and co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko were on Friday sentenced for their roles in the 2015 murder of Jayde Panayiotou. PHOTO: Raahil Sain/ANA

Christopher Panayiotou and co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko were on Friday sentenced for their roles in the 2015 murder of Jayde Panayiotou. PHOTO: Raahil Sain/ANA

The judge also dismissed leave to appeal against Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko’s convictions and Sibeko’s sentence.

Judge Dayalin Chetty on Thursday dashed the hopes of convicted wife killer Christopher Panayiotou to have his murder conviction overturned by another court.

Chetty dismissed Panayiotou’s application for leave to appeal his murder conviction.

Chetty said the judgment documented the full extent of the plan devised to have Jayde murdered.

He said the attack on the judgment ignored crucial findings and made Luthando Siyoni and Babalwa Breakfast out to be victims.

“As I emphasised in the judgment, the only victim is Jayde.”

He said the grounds on which the application was brought were without merit, adding that he believed that an application to appeal would not have any reasonable prospect of success.

Chetty also dismissed leave to appeal Sinethemba Nenembe’s conviction and Zolani Sibeko’s conviction and sentence.

Uitenhage schoolteacher Jayde Panayiotou was abducted outside her home in April 2015 and driven to the outskirts of KwaNobuhle where she was shot execution style.

Her husband masterminded the killing, and was found guilty of paying Siyoni, a bouncer from his Infinity nightclub, to hire a hitman to kill Jayde.

Sinethemba Nenembe assisted the hitman to kidnap and murder the teacher.

Panayiotou was handed a life sentence for his wife’s murder.

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