The bouncer allegedly hired to find a hitman to kill Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde Panayiotou is alleged to have been paid R30 000 for his services.

This emerged yesterday as Panayiotou’s husband, Christopher, appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and kidnapping and robbery with aggravated circumstances.

A third man was taken into custody on Sunday. (More …)

Jayde’s Panyiotou’s body was found when “The helicopter participating in the search for her noticed an object in an isolated area near KwaNobuhle Township in Uitenhage. Further investigation by members on the ground led to the recovery of the body of Ms Panayiotou in the area spotted from the helicopter,” Mills said.

postmortem will be carried out to determine the cause of her death while Panayiotou’s abductors and killers are still being sought. (More …)

The 29-year-old junior grade teacher at Riebeek College Girls’ High School was kidnapped from outside her complex last week while waiting for a lift to work. Her body was later found in an open field on the outskirts of a nearby township.

It now appears that Christopher’s tribute, described by some as “moving” at the time, bears a striking resemblance to another eulogy posted in 2010 on the blog Fraught with Peril. (More …)

The plot was unraveled when: After agreeing to turn state witness and set up the sting, Siyoli is said to have contacted Panayiotou, demanding more money due to the “hype” around the murder. A meeting was set up in Uitenhage on Wednesday and the money was paid over to Siyoli, witnessed by undercover police.

Furthermore: Police have quizzed 26-year-old Chanelle Coutts about her links to Christopher Panayiotou. Coutts, who managed a supermarket owned by Panayiotou, is strikingly similar in looks to the murdered Jayde Panayiotou.

Eyewitnesses said the businessman and Coutts were often seen together in and around the shopping complex where they worked. They were said to be “very affectionate”. (More …)

In court: None of his family members or family of his slain wife were in court for his hearing on Monday. (More …)

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