Panayiotou, co-accused await sentencing

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After a week-long delay, the three men convicted of murdering Jayde Panayiotou, could hear their fate in the High Court in Port Elizabeth High Court on Thursday.

The sentencing procedures were postponed as the defence wanted more time to prepare arguments.

The court found that Christopher Panayiotou paid for his wife to be killed in April 2015.

After the state called Jayde’s sister to read a letter in court in aggravation of sentencing last week, it’s expected that the defence will call a Panayiotou family member to do the same in mitigation of sentence.

The three men, Christopher Panayiotou, Zolani Sibeko and Sinethemba Nenembe face long term imprisonment for their share in the abduction and murder of Jayde.

Judge Daylin Chetty will also have to deal with state witness, Luthando Siyoni, who deviated from his statement in court.