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Christopher Panayiotou’s third bail application underway

The State has indicated 48 witnesses will testify against Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused.

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

CAPE TOWN - A third bail application for alleged wife killer Christopher Panayiotou is underway in the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court.

Yesterday, it was revealed the murder trial against the Port Elizabeth man and his two co-accused will start in October.

Panayiotou allegedly hired men to kill his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, in April last year.

The State has indicated 48 witnesses will testify against Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused.

Jayde's parents, her sister and her husband's mistress are among the State witnesses.

According to media reports, the defence has today confirmed Panayiotou is not in possession of Cypriot passport.

Panayiotou's counsel has also told the court the accused was not given the right to attorney when he was arrested and police searched his house without his consent.

Earlier today, a man was shot dead and two others injured in a drive-by shooting that occurred meters away from the Port Elizabeth Magistrates Court earlier today.

Police, however, say the shooting was gang related and had nothing to do with Panayiotou's case.

They say they're still searching for the four assailants in the matter.

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