This morning, police held an urgent press conference announcing the a major breakthrough in the case, and the arrest of two suspects. They said that robbery had been ruled out, and that they were looking at a possible ‘hit’.
Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills confirmed that two men, aged 28 and 31, were arrested. The 31-year-old was arrested earlier in the week, and appeared in court on Thursday. He was named as Thando Siyoli.
Police refused to release the name of the second suspect, “It is not police procedure to release the details of suspects before they have appeared in court,” said Mills.
Was it the husband?
However, there is strong social media speculation that the second suspect is Jayde’s husband, 28-eyar-old Chris Panayiotou. A number of other media sources including EWN and Times Live have also named him as the second suspect being held for the teacher’s murder.
A task team consisting of local detectives, Hawks, crime intelligence and the NPA were congratulated by Mills for the breakthrough in the investigation.
Details are sketchy
According to a report in Die Son, a suspect was paid R80,000 for a ‘hit’ on Jayde. Police arrested the man who carried out the ‘hit’ which was allegedly organised by a close, unnamed family member.
Police organised a sting operation this morning, setting a trap for the family member. According to Die Son, the man demanded more money in return for his silence. When the money was exchanged the second suspect was arrested.
Chris Panayiotou gave a beautifully moving speech during Jayde’s funeral in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday this week. Read it here…
Do you think he could be guilty of organising a hit on Jayde?