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Chris Panayiotou: Jail is 'inhumane'

Panayiotou is accused of orchestrating his wife Jayde Panayiotou's kidnapping and murder in April.

FILE: Murder accused Chris Panayiotou. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou has again highlighted what he's called ' inhumane conditions' in prison.

This was one of the arguments presented by Panayiotou's advocate Mike Hellens in his second attempt at bail in the Grahamstown High Court.

Hellens argues to keep his client at St Albans Prison is unfair, claiming conditions at the institution flout some of his human rights.

He says his client should be released on bail because conditions at the prison where he's being kept are not up to scratch.

Hellens has told the court detainees are forced to use the toilet in full view of other inmates.

In his previous bail application, Panayiotou detailed his unhappiness with the prison, saying there was no adequate lighting for reading and writing and that the food was not to his liking.

Hellens says Panayiotou's non-disclosure of a Cypriot passport has been "blown out of proportion".

He maintains his client is not a flight risk because he's handed the passport over to authorities.

Panayiotou is accused of orchestrating his wife Jayde Panayiotou's kidnapping and murder in April.

In May, as part of his motivation to get bail, Panayiotou described prison as 'despicable and disgusting', adding cells were overcrowded with no proper ventilation.

Judge Glen Goosen will hand down judgment next Tuesday.

'JUSTICE FOR JAYDE'

The family of the murdered Eastern Cape teacher is still struggling to come to terms with her killing.

Jayde's sister Toni Inggs says her sister's killing was a huge loss for the family.

Toni is in court today, along with her parents and several other family friends.

They are all wearing black t-shirts which read 'Justice for Jayde' on the back.

Panayiotou maintains he had nothing to do with his wife's kidnapping and murder in April.

PANAYIOTOU WILLING TO PAY R200K FOR BAIL

Earlier today, lawyers for Panayiotou said he was willing to pay up to R200,000 for bail if the application is successful.

Magistrate Abigail Beeton last month declined the bail application, saying he was a flight risk and failed to disclose his dual citizenship of South Africa and Cyprus.

Panayiotou previously claimed he could only afford R50,000 for bail.

His lawyers then said he was willing to fork out four times that amount.

Hellens said his client would also be happy with strict bail conditions.

Hellens said the accused is willing to pay for a personal security guard, who could be contacted at any given time to determine his whereabouts.

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

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