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Court hears emotional testimony from Jayde Panayiotou’s father

Derrick Inggs told the Port Elizabeth High Court that he considered Christopher Panayiotou to be a son and a friend.

FILE: Jayde Panayiotou on her wedding day. Picture: facebook.com

CAPE TOWN– Jayde Panayiotou’s father, Derrick Inggs has told the Port Elizabeth (PE) High Court he considered Christopher Panayiotou a son and a friend.

Christopher Panayiotou is accused of hiring men to kill his wife in April last year.

On day 17 of the trial against the PE businessman and two others, an emotional Inggs also told the court how he and his wife helped the couple to buy a new home.

He testified how he and his wife also assisted his daughter and her husband pay off her car.

Inggs explained how he and Christopher Panayiotou searched for his daughter following her disappearance.

The Eastern Cape National Prosecuting Authority’s Tshepo Ndwalaza says the State is satisfied with how court proceedings are developing.

“We know that the case is continuing very well, because in a case like this there are always fireworks. At the end of the day, we are all trying to make sure that justice is served.”

The trial continues today.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)