Father of wife killer Christopher Panayiotou shot dead outside snack bar

09 December 2019 - 08:43 By Gareth Wilson
Costa Panayiotou outside the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court in 2016.
Costa Panayiotou outside the Port Elizabeth magistrate's court in 2016.
Image: Mike Holmes

The father of convicted wife murderer Christopher Panayiotou was shot dead in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape shortly before 2am on Monday.

Costa Panayiotou, 67, was gunned down outside the Bambi Snack Bar in Market Street, reports HeraldLIVE.

According to officials, he was shot twice.

Police spokesperson Sgt Majola Nkohli confirmed that Panayiotou’s VW Polo was stolen and had been recovered, abandoned, in Motherwell.

Nkohli said more information would be released later.

Panayiotou orchestrated the murder of his wife, Jayde Panayiotou, in 2015 by hiring Sinethemba Nenembe and Zolani Sibeko to kill her.

Jayde's body was found in an open field near Uitenhage on April 22 that year. She had been shot three times.

In November 2017, Panayiotou was sentenced to life imprisonment for murder.

Sibeko, who was found guilty of conspiracy to commit murder, was sentenced to 15 years and Nenembe was sentenced to life for murder and an additional 15 years for robbery.


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