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Panayiotou case: Alleged triggerman to file civil claim against police

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke claims he was assaulted after being arrested in connection with Jayde Panayiotou's death.

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

CAPE TOWN - The man who allegedly fired the shots that killed Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde Panayiotou is today expected to officially file a civil claim against police.

Sizwezakhe Vumazonke claims he was assaulted after his arrest.

He is one of three men, including Panayiotou's husband Christopher, who have been charged with her kidnapping and killing in April.

The alleged hitman's attorney Ann Swanepoel claims her client was severely assaulted by police.

At his first court appearance in early May, Vumazonke's face was visibly swollen.

Image: Siyabonga Sesant.

Swanepoel said Vumazonke also went on a hunger strike.

"At that stage he hadn't eaten for eight days because he was threatened he would be poisoned."

Swanepoel would not disclose how much her client is suing the police service for, but she has said it would be a 'substantial amount'.

Alleged middle man Luthando Siyoli, who was allegedly hired by Christopher to recruit Vumazonke, assisted police in setting up a sting operation that led to Christopher's arrest.

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

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