Christopher Panayiotou's family asks for mercy in sentencing

Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko were convicted of Jayde Panayiotou's murder earlier this month.

FILE: Christopher Panayiotou in the dock in the High Court in Port Elizabeth during the murder trial of his wife Jayde Panayiotou. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The family of convicted wife killer Christopher Panayiotou has pleaded for mercy when sentencing him and his accomplices.

Sentencing proceedings concluded in the Port Elizabeth (PE) High Court on Thursday.

Panayiotou and his co-accused Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko were convicted of Jayde Panayiotou's murder earlier this month.

The PE school teacher was killed back in April 2015.

Panayiotou's sister Kaliope Panayiotou was called by the defence to read out a statement on behalf of their family.

In it, she told the court how much they loved Jayde and how she was an integral part of their family.

Kaliope said they missed her dearly and her death has left huge a void in the family.

She went on to describe her brother as a "gentle giant" who is a loving and compassionate person.

Kaliope, therefore, asked the court for mercy when handing down its sentence as her brother co-operated with police.

The men will be sentenced on Friday.