Bouncer who lost immunity from prosecution arrested over Panayiotou murder

08 May 2018 - 12:56
By Heraldlive
Luthando Siyoni. File photo.
Image: Eugene Coetzee Luthando Siyoni. File photo.

A bouncer who was meant to be a key witness for the prosecution in the trial of Port Elizabeth businessman Christopher Panayiotou briefly appeared in court on Tuesday.

Luthando Siyoni is facing a charge of murder.

He was arrested on Monday at his home in Kwazakhele.

Teacher Jayde Panayiotou went missing from outside her home in Kabega Park‚ Port Elizabeth‚ in April 2015.

Siyoni‚ a former employee of Christopher’s‚ was the first to be arrested in connection with Jayde’s kidnapping and murder‚ after police received a tip-off.

He and Christopher Panayiotou discussed the murder on the infamous video recording that helped convict the businessman.

But when the trial started last year‚ he denied his involvement in arranging hitmen and claimed he had been tortured and forced to implicate his former boss.

Panayiotou was found guilty of Jayde’s murder in November last year. He is serving a term of life imprisonment.

- HeraldLIVE