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Jubilation and tears as Panayiotou is sentenced to life

Port Elizabeth – The Inggs family and friends first clapped joyously and then burst into tears as Christopher Panayiotou was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of their daughter Jayde.

Panayiotou and his co-accused, Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko, were sentenced in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

Panayiotou, who was found guilty of murder, received a life sentence for his role in orchestrating the murder, while Nenembe was sentenced to life for murder and an additional 15 years for robbery. Sibeko, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, was sentenced to 15 years.

In passing sentence, Judge Dayalin Chetty said it was unnecessary to regurgitate his findings, except to say that the conspiracy Panayiotou had hatched was at the epicentre.

He said the money Panayiotou provided was, no doubt, the catalyst for Nenembe and Sibeko’s involvement.

“In my judgment, I described the crime as audacious because it, in truth, defies belief,” he said.

Chetty said there was testimony before the court that Panayiotou, Jayde’s father and her father-in-law, had all cried at the scene where Jayde’s body had been found.

“I have no doubt that the sight of Jayde’s lifeless body reduced both her father and father-in-law to tears but, assuming that [Panayiotou] in fact shed a tear, it could only, given his orchestration of Jayde’s death, have been crocodile tears.”

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