Costa Panayiotou, the father of convicted wife-killer Christopher Panayiotou died in a hail of bullets outside the Bambi Snack Bar in Market Street, Uitenhage, in the early hours of Monday morning.
Police spokesperson Sergeant Majola Nkohli noted that while Costa’s VW Polo had been stolen – and was subsequently found abandoned in Motherwell, some 20km from the scene of the crime – the exact motive for the killing was still under intense investigation. Nkohli reported that Costa had been shot twice.
According to police spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni, Costa’s assistant, who was with him at the time of the shooting, was also abducted.
The woman was later dropped off in Kwazakhele. She went to the nearest police station where she reported that she had been raped by the two men.
Costa Panayiotou killing under ‘intense investigation’
While details relating to the murder are still vague, Nkohli stated that more information relating to the attack would be released later on Monday.
Christopher’s 67-year-old father supported his son during a protracted and public murder trial, which eventually culminated in a guilty verdict. Christopher was sentenced to life imprisonment in November 2017 for orchestrating the murder of his wife, Jayde.
The court found that Christopher had hired Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko to kill his Port Elizabeth teacher wife, whose body was discovered in an open field in April 2015.
Brutal assassination of Jayde Panayiotou
The court case revealed dastardly details of Christopher’s
deadly plot and extramarital affairs. Sibeko testified that Christopher had
paid R80 000 for the murder of his wife and that previous assassination
attempts had been unsuccessful.
While Christopher professed his innocence throughout the trial, damning video evidence sealed his fate. Video footage, obtained by the investigating officer, showed Christopher discussing his wife’s abduction and murder with middleman Luthando Siyoni.
Judge Dayalin Chetty noted that Christopher discussed his wife’s execution candidly just eight days after her disappearance.
Nenembe was found guilty on charges of murder and robbery with aggravating circumstances while Zolani Sibeko was found guilty on a charge of conspiracy to commit murder.
This is a developing story.