murder trial

Panayiotou back in court

The man accused of orchestrating his wife’s murder in April is expected back in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Christopher Panayiotou, 28, and his co-accused Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, 30, believed to be the hitman, are accused of plotting to kill and murder Panayiotou’s wife Jayde. Jayde was kidnapped on[…]

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Closing arguments heard in murdered doctor case

The State has maintained its argument that Marthinus van der Walt was fully aware of his actions when he killed Dr Louis Heyns. Closing arguments related to the murder, kidnapping and hijacking of Stellenbosch academic and paediatrician, Dr Louis Heyns, were heard in the Western Cape High Court on Wednesday.[…]

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Panayiotou bought huge home for Jayde: report

Chris Panayiotou had bought a house in a sought-after area in Port Elizabeth that he was going to move into with his wife Jayde, the woman he’s accused of having killed. The house has four large bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a massive open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with a[…]

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Kraaifontein murder case back in court

The case of 17 people accused of murdering six Kraaifontein men is expected back in the Blue Downs Magistrate’s Court in Cape Town on Friday. The National Prosecuting Authority said on Tuesday that the case was postponed for bail application. On December 9, the bodies of six men, aged between[…]

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Oscar files papers against appeal

Convicted paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s lawyers will contest the court decision allowing the State to appeal his culpable homicide conviction, his family said on Tuesday. “We confirm that the defence team has lodged an application for leave to appeal the decision of the court regarding the matters that have been referred[…]

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‘Cannibal’ case back in court

The case of a Zimbabwean man who ate the heart of a man he killed is expected to continue in the High Court in Cape Town on Monday. Last week, police psychologist Major Hayden Knibbs, suggested to the court that Andrew Chimboza, 35, was a high risk to society and[…]

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Judge Traverso wrong to acquit Dewani: Legal expert

One legal expert believes Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso made an error in not putting Shrien Dewani on the witness stand. Instead, Dewani was acquitted of the charge of murder against him on Monday. In delivering her judgment on an application by Dewani’s defence team, Traverso explained that the State[…]

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NPA respects Dewani ruling

The National Prosecuting Authority said on Monday it respects the decision to acquit British businessman Shrien Dewani on charges of killing his wife Anni. “When you take matters to court, we’re always alive to the fact that there are two possibilities: either there is conviction or there is acquittal,” NPA[…]

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