Uitenhage school teacher Jayde Panayiotou was trapped in a private hell in the months leading to her murder.
In a heart-breaking note, seen exclusively by The Herald, which now forms part of the state’s case against Jayde’s husband, Christopher, 30, the young Riebeek College teacher agonises over his lack of affection, his secretiveness and long working hours.
She said she longed to be loved. In an almost child-like handwriting, Jayde wrote: “Where do I turn to? Nobody to talk to.
“I write these words because I no longer have space inside. I may just explode.”
State advocate Marius Stander handed the letter to the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s Court yesterday as he argued against Panayiotou’s latest bid for bail.
On September 21 2014, Jayde wrote: “I’m jealous when I see other people living the life I so desperately long for.”
Seven months later, on April 21, she was murdered, allegedly on the instruction of her husband.
Jayde’s mother, Michelle Inggs, and younger sister, Toni, clung to each other and cried as details emerged of how the pretty 29-year-old had been hit on the head and shoved in the boot of a car, her fingers crushed as the boot was slammed shut.
Her abductors then drove to an open field in KwaNobuhle township, where they shot her three times.
The chilling details of her murder were revealed in response to claims by the defence that there was no evidence to support the state’s theory that Jayde had been hit over the head or that she had been put in the boot of a vehicle.
Source: Herald Live