Panayiotou trial-within-a-trial expected to wrap up

Captain Kanna Swanepoel holds up a pair of jeans the defence claims Luthando Siyoni was wearing when he was allegedly beaten up
Picture: Kathryn Kimberley

All indications are that the trial-within-a-trial called to determine the admissibility of a sting recording will wrap up in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Friday.

On Thursday, the defence for alleged wife killer, Christopher Panayiotou, 30, presented the court with a ripped pair of jeans they claim “middleman” Luthando Siyoni was wearing the night of his arrest in April 2015.

Advocate Terry Price SC said Siyoni was beaten so badly by police – in order to implicate his former boss – that his jeans were ripped in the process.

State advocate Marius Stander, meanwhile, was sceptical.

He found it strange that Siyoni’s mother, Thembisa Siyoni, had now come to court to testify that Siyoni was wearing that pair of jeans when he was nabbed two years ago, yet she could not remember what top she was wearing.

Thembisa Siyoni also testified that her son had a right, swollen eye, yet the evidence before court was that it was his left eye which was swollen due to the alleged torture.

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