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More details to be revealed as Chris Panayiotou's bail hearing resumes

The prosecution alleges Panayiotou hired two men to murder his wife, Jayde, last month.

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

PORT ELIZABETH - Alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou's bail hearing resumes in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

More details of the state's case against the Port Elizabeth businessman are expected to be revealed.

The prosecution alleges Panayiotou hired two men to murder his wife, Jayde, last month.

The state claims Panayiotou's motive to have his wife killed was not financial gain but related to claims that he could not afford to support her and a mistress of three years.

Prosecutor Marius Stander has revealed Panayiotou started an affair with an employee, a year before he married Jayde, his girlfriend of 11 years in 2013.

State prosecutor Marius Stander presents his argument during a court appearance of Chris Panayiotou, who's accused of masterminding the killing of his wife, Jayde on 20 May 2015. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

Panayiotou has denied the state's allegation that he hired two men to kill his wife but he has admitted to the infidelity.

Stander has told the court investigating officer Kanna Swanepoel will testify Panayiotou had too much debt and deemed his a wife a financial burden.

The Port Elizabeth businessman has denied this, claiming to be worth over R3 million.

PANAYIOTOU'S DEFENCE TO CHALLENGE STING OPERATION EVIDENCE

Panayiotou's lawyer said they will challenge evidence gathered during a sting operation to trick the accused into implicating himself.

The defence wants a video recorded during that operation ruled 'inadmissible'.

It's understood the evidence is crucial to the state's case that the Port Elizabeth businessman hired two men to murder his wife.

Panayiotou's advocate Terry Price said he will argue legal processes were not followed during the sting operation.

The state said on 29 April, co-accused Thando Siyoli helped police by calling Panayiotou and demanding an extra R3,000 for completing the order to kill his wife.

The video submitted as evidence shows this exchange and a lengthy conversation between the two.

The prosecution said in it, Panayiotou implicates himself as the mastermind behind his wife's murder.

But the defence will try to have the video ruled inadmissible as evidence.

Meanwhile, the alleged hitman, who claims to have been assaulted by police, said he will be suing the state for damages.

His lawyer confirmed that he will be suing for a "massive amount".

He claims that he was beaten up by police officers who apparently wanted to get a confession out of him.

During his first court appearance, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, arrived in the dock with bruises and a swollen face.

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke appears before the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court for his role in the murder of Jayde Panayiotou. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN

Vumazonke was allegedly hired by Jayde's husband to kill her.

To see how Jayde's story unfolded, click here and for similar cases where lovers are the suspect, click here.

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