Middleman in Panayiotou murder case denies hiring hitmen

Alleged hitman Luthando Siyoni had to be told by his lawyer to sit up straight Picture: Deneesha Pillay
Alleged hitman Luthando Siyoni had to be told by his lawyer to sit up straight
Picture: Deneesha Pillay

Luthando Siyoni, the man who allegedly acted as a middleman between Christopher Panayiotou and the men who allegedly kidnapped and killed his wife, Jayde, has now denied being involved.

Asked on Friday morning by prosecutor Marius Stander if he had been asked at any stage to find a contract killer, Siyoni replied: “Never.”

While admitting to being friends with Sizwezakhe Vumazonke, who he met while working as a bouncer, Siyoni denied that he had been asked to arrange hitmen to kill any person.

Jayde’s kidnapping and murder was allegedly orchestrated by her husband.

The state alleges Siyoni hired hitmen Vumazonke, who has since died, and Sinethemba Nemembe to carry out the hit.

Zolani Sibeko is charged as a co-conspirator.

Siyoni, the state’s Section 204 witness finally took the stand on Friday morning after another failed attempt by the defence to prevent him from testifying on the merits of the case.

 

 

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One thought on “Middleman in Panayiotou murder case denies hiring hitmen

  • November 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm
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    Very strange after his girlfriend did the same thing..This was planned, since vumazonke died. the one defence lawyer just “protested” too much about it not being a trial within a trial,,all to throw suspicion off them? and the other defence TP..was so sure Siyoni will testify that he was assaulted before he gave his statement! Something smells fishy?

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