Panayiotou: My wife's murder not as serious as others

The accused compared his murder trial to those of Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani.

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

CAPE TOWN - Murder accused Christopher Panayiotou says he's appalled by the widespread public outcry to his wife's murder.

This is one of the statements in an affidavit submitted by Panayiotou as motivation during a bail hearing yesterday.

#Panayiotou He says: "It does however appall me that my alleged role in the murder has been treated as the most grave of grave offences.."

The Port Elizabeth businessman is accused of hiring two men to kill Jayde Panayiotou more than three weeks ago.

#Panayiotou Christopher motivates release on bail won't necessarily lead to community unrest. SS pic.twitter.com/gsyRY5QUIO

But he says he has been appalled that the general public thinks his alleged involvement in his wife's abduction and murder is the most grave of grave offences.

Panayiotou says this suggests hypocrisy, claiming a Uitenhage farmer's brutal murder has not drawn as much attention.

#Panayiotou The murder-accused also mentions Oscar, Dewani trials. SS pic.twitter.com/Uk5CQgtQRV

He also drew comparisons between his murder trial and those of Oscar Pistorius and Shrien Dewani.

#Panayiotou Christopher says in affidavit there are "more serious" murders committed than his wife's killing. SS pic.twitter.com/B9nhYNjcjx

Panayiotou's bail hearing continues on Wednesday.