Panayiotou murder trial: Court considers validity of cellphone recordings

The court is currently hearing a trial-within-a-trial, over the admissibility of a recording between Christopher Panayiotou and alleged middleman Luthando Siyoni.

FILE: The co-accused in the Jayde Panayiotou murder trial: Christopher Panayiotou, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko. Picture: Anthony Molyneaux/EWN.

CAPE TOWN– The murder trial of Christopher Panayiotou and his two co-accused is continuing in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The court is currently hearing a trial-within-a-trial, over the admissibility of a recording between Panayiotou and alleged middleman-turned-state witness Luthando Siyoni.

Panayiotou and his co-accused, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko, are standing trial for the murder of Panayiotou's wife Jayde in April 2015.

Captain Kanna Swanepoel, who is currently on the stand, took over the investigation three days after Jayde Panayiotou's murder.

He's been revealing details to the court of calls and SMSes the police allowed Siyoni, a bouncer at Panayiotou's nightclub, to make to Christopher Panayiotou to support his allegations that Panayiotou was involved in his wife's murder.

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Tshepho Ndwalaza says, “It is to prove the admissibility of the information in these recordings between Siyoni and Christopher.”

Swanepoel is yet to be cross-examined by the defence.