Chris Panayiotou’s affair was 'common knowledge'

Panayiotou's girlfriend, also a brunette, used to work at an Algoa Park store owned by him.

FILE: Christopher Panayiotou in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

PORT ELIZABETH - The mother of the girlfriend of murder accused Christopher Panayiotou has declined to comment on her daughter's questioning in connection with the case.

The young woman, also a brunette used to work at an Algoa Park store owned by the alleged killer.

Several Algoa Park residents and employees of Panayiotou said the affair was 'common knowledge'.

Panayiotou was charged with the abduction and murder of his wife, Jayde.

The motive for the killing is not yet known.

The mother of Panayiotou's girlfriend has declined to be interviewed.

Her manager told Eyewitness News she's too upset to comment on the events of the past two weeks.

The businessman is due to reappear in court next month.

The case against him was postponed on Monday when both the state and defence requested more time for investigation.

Jayde's body was found on the outskirts of a Uitenhage township last month.

She'd been shot three times.

CASE AGAINST THIRD SUSPECT POSTPONED

The third suspect in the murder case appeared in court on Tuesday with a visibly bruised face.

When Magistrate Jan van der Westhuizen inquired about the bruises, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke claimed to have been assaulted by police.

His right eye was swollen as he shuffled into the courtroom.

The case was postponed to 19 June when he will appear alongside Panayiotou.

Vumazonke was charged with kidnapping and murder.

He is the one to have allegedly fired the shot that killed the junior school teacher.

INVESTIGATED FOR OTHER CRIMES

Police also confirmed that Vumazonke also faces a charge of business robbery.

During his court appearance on Tuesday, he told the magistrate he wasn't sure whether he would apply for bail.

He said he would have legal representation when he reappears on 19 June.

It's understood another accused may have turned state witness and identified Vumazonke.

To find learn more about how Jayde's story unfolded, click here.