Panayiotou, co-accused to be sentenced for murder

Earlier this month, the trio was convicted of Jayde Panayiotou's murder in April 2015.

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

CAPE TOWN - Wife killer Christopher Panayiotou and two other men who were involved in his wife’s killing will be sentenced in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday.

Earlier this month, the trio was convicted of Jayde Panayiotou's murder in April 2015.

The triggerman, Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, died while awaiting trial and the middleman, Luthando Siyoni, may now face prosecution after reneging on a deal to turn state witness.

Defence advocate Terry Price has called on the court to hand down a lesser sentence, arguing that his client is a first-time offender who hasn’t previously had any clashes with the law.

Price has tried to convince the court that Christopher Panayiotou won’t ever commit such a crime again and can be rehabilitated.

The lawyer has also asked the court to take into consideration that his client has already been in prison for almost three years.

Panayiotou's sister has also pleaded for mercy during argument in mitigation of sentence.

The State wants life sentences for Panayiotou and Sinethemba Nenembe, who helped kidnap and murder the Port Elizabeth school teacher, and is recommending 18 years for Zolani Sibeko, who helping plan the crime.