Panayiotou, accomplices denied leave to appeal

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Murderer Christopher Panayiotou and his two accomplices, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko, have been refused leave to appeal their convictions by the High Court in Port Elizabeth.

All three are serving prison sentences for the murder of Panayiotou’s wife Jayde in 2015.

Presiding Judge Dayalin Chetty says leave for an appeal is only granted when there is a prospect of success in the appeal, and he does not see another court making different findings.

The judge also says that Panayiotou’s defence lawyer Terry Price’s argument had no merit.

“The submissions advanced by Mr Price merely amplify the grants on which leave is sort, and are upon cogent analysis, entirely without merit. In my view, the contemplated appeal by the applicants, would have no reasonable prospect of success nor is there any compelling reason why it should be heard. As a result the following order will issue: The applications for leave to appeal by the applicants are dismissed.”