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[BREAKING] Christopher Panayiotou given life sentence for killing wife Jayde

Wife killer Christopher Panayiotou has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife Jayde Panayiotou.

FILE: Christopher Panayiotou sits in the dock at Port Elizabeth High Court during the trial of the murder of his late wife, Jayde Panayiotou. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Wife killer Christopher Panayiotou has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his wife Jayde Panayiotou.

He and his co-accused were found guilty of plotting and executing the school teacher's 2015 murder.

Judge Daylin Chetty said: "On count four, the murder of Jayde, accused number one and accused number three are sentenced to imprisonment for life."

His co-accused Sinethemba Nemembe was handed a life sentence for his role in the murder.

The third remaining co-accused, Zolani Sibeko, was sentenced to 15 years.

Judge Chetty pulled no punches during his sentencing.

He said Panayiotou's expression of grief when Jayde's body was found was nothing more than "crocodile tears" and described the the crime as "abhorrent".

At the same time, Reeva Steenkamp's parents have sent their love to Jayde Panayiatou's parents after her husband, Chris, was sentenced to life in prison for her murder.

Moments before sentencing was handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court in Panayiotou’s case, the SCA in Bloemfontein handed down a judgment changing Oscar Pistorius's jail term.

Both Jayde and Steenkamp were from Port Elizabeth.

The Steenkamps' lawyer, Tania Koen, says the family has been in touch with the Ings family.

“They have sent all their love to the Ings family because they feel that although justice was serviced for Jayde, they know the Ings family will still miss Jayde every day.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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