22 November 2016

South Africa: Panayiotou Trial Witnesses Hit Kudu On Their Way to Testify

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Two witnesses who were supposed to testify in the trial of Christopher Panayiotou and his co-accused were unable to appear after apparently hitting a kudu on the R75 while travelling to Port Elizabeth from Graaff-Reinet.

State prosecutor Marius Stander asked if the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth could adjourn slightly earlier than usual for lunch as neither Mncedi Gcukumana nor Andile Gusha, police officials who were scheduled to testify after Captain Willie Mayi, were available. Both men were injured over the weekend when they hit a kudu while travelling to Port Elizabeth to testify in court.

Stander indicated that he was in the process of securing other witnesses to come and testify and would be in a position to resume in the afternoon.

Earlier Advocate Terry Price SC, for the defence, once again grilled Mayi about procedure in the arrest of alleged middleman Luthando Siyoni.

Price questioned Mayi about when he had read Siyoni his rights, and if he had informed him of his right to refuse the police entry to his home and to refuse to point out the money that might implicate him in a crime.

Price also asked Mayi about the injuries that Siyoni had sustained and asked him to explain, in detail, certain aspects around how he took down Babalwa Breakfast's statement, arrested Siyoni and warned Sizwezakhe Vumazonke.

The trial continues.

Source: News24

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