When Cheating Turns Into Murder | The Harrowing Case of Jayde PanayiotouNov 14, 2021
She was described as the love of his life, an elemental force that could be felt in the wind, but tragically these are the words spoken by his own killer. My name is Adrian and welcome back to Coffee House Crime. Today we head south. Africa to analyze the
caseof Jade Panioto, who was found dead in 2015. This is a very sad story about a married woman who was not even aware of the love triangle in which she was locked, but just before today's
case. I wanted to let you know that I post solved and unsolved cases here weekly, so if true crime is your thing, consider subscribing to Crime House Crime, so grab a seat, grab some coffee and sit back, this is it. by jade panio2 today's case takes us south of the equator to south africa, more specifically to the city formerly known as port elizabeth, i say formally because earlier this year, in february 2021, port elizabeth was renamed kubercha, the name Hose of Buckens River officials changed the name of the town. along with other cities in South Africa to restore dignity to black communities living in cities with old colonial names, but with all the events in this case occurring before 2021 and in order to pronounce things correctly, I will use the old name of the city .
Port Elizabeth, in addition to a wide range of coastal attractions that attract domestic and international travelers to Port Elizabeth, the city also offers a great selection of restaurants, shops and bars. It is also the only city in South Africa to have the big seven within its boundaries, which means that you can find all of South Africa's largest animals here: the whale shark, leopard, lion, buffalo, rhinoceros and, of course, Of course, the elephant. The city of Port Elizabeth has a population of 1.2 million (up 200,000 since 2004). And in 2004, one of those living in Port Elizabeth was Chris Panioto, an 18-year-old man who had just finished his school education and was looking to start some efforts in his father's small business empire.
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His father owned several shops in Port Elizabeth, including the Bambi cafe located in the market. Street Chris himself was described as a hard, dedicated worker with a keen business sense. It was during the year 2004, while at a friends gathering, a pretty face caught his eye and he met Jay Dings, who was also 18 years old at the time the two started talking. and almost immediately they hit it off, the two began dating and soon after fell in love. Jade was described as a sweet-natured, fun-loving young woman who had a lot of love for giving a trait that would inspire her to one day become a teacher and the following year, in 2005, she enrolled in college to obtain a degree in teaching over the next few years, Jade and Chris' relationship would grow as would Jade's academic knowledge and Chris's business.
During his time at university, Chris opened his first and second business. she opened a local grocery store in Algoa Park and commissioned it to be part of the Ok Grommies franchise and a second business practically next door was a restaurant and cocktail bar which she creatively called Infinite. Fast forward to 2011 and things seemed more serious. For the young professional couple, Jade had not only graduated from college, but now also had a job at a local elementary school and even bigger news, but Chris had finally proposed to Jade, the two now officially engaged, saying They moved in together, but things didn't stay sweet for long because, unbeknownst to Jade, Chris was having an affair at her grocery store about two years earlier;
Chris had hired a younger woman named Chanel Cootes. and although at first things were strictly business between the two. two in the year 2012 that had changed, the two began a secret love affair and although they kept it a secret, there were subtle signs of affection that their colleagues suspiciously picked up on as they worked secretly, the two spent nights together in local hotels. and finally, during the nights
whenJade was away, Chanel would even stay at her house. It is not known exactly how we found out, but a few months after the affair, Chris's father, Costa Panio, also became aware of the situation.
Costa was furious
whenhe heard the news. He had now known Jade for over eight years and loved her very much as a future daughter-in-law, she was loyal, hard-working and kind and he saw her enormous potential in her. It was on this basis that Koster threatened his own son. that he would disinherit him if he continued the affair or if he left jade for chanel costa he was a successful businessman in port elizabeth and for chris this was his lifeline because one day chris would be sure to inherit all of his father's hard work, so After their messy argument ended, Chris assured his father Koster that he was no longer dating Chanel, but this was actually not true and, in greater secrecy, the two continued having their affair, meanwhile, Jade was clueless. of what was happening.
The year was 2013 and it was finally time for June. Chris and Jade are officially married. The two who previously became Mr. and Mrs. Panetou from the outside. Chris and Jade were a couple that many envied: a strong businessman and a loving teacher. However, it was during this period. that circumstances outside the marriage were changing, it was good news for jade, she was hired as a teacher to work at rubbeck college in the nearby oitanage area, but for chris her situation was going in the opposite direction, strong local competition and less appetite than The expected meant that profits at his grocery store and cocktail bar didn't look so healthy, in fact, the financial numbers were even in the red for a few months.
The unstable finances would cause Chris more pain, since he was technically caring for two women at the same time. I had to give Jade some luxuries, but most of her gift money went to her lover in the side channel, this included a Ralph Lauren bag, an expensive watch, a large contribution for a new car and a reptile, and not I forgot it. About those nights in hotels, Chris was even buying gifts for Chanel's best friend, Cap, to keep her sweet and therefore remain silent about the matter, all of these details greatly contributed to the collapse of Chris's bank account.
However, he wanted things to work and so on. He added even more hours to his already busy work schedule, but as the years went by, from 2013 to 2015, Chris became less and less available to his own wife. He was still putting in all his effort to try to get his business back off the ground and his additional reason for being at the supermarket was still there too. Jade sensed this and very quickly became a lonely woman who relied on her friends. She felt that Chris didn't have time for her. He was always away from home and emotionally absent when he was home.
She usually managed to force Chris to come home for dinner before he returned to work and even made excuses to stop by to say hello in the evenings, but it wasn't enough and by September 2014 she seemed on the verge of breaking down. On September 21 she wrote a letter to herself that described the feelings she condensed from her. She wrote: All I ever wanted is to be loved fully and completely. I know that love is not what it seems in the movies, but I don't feel the love I dream about. I'm jealous when I see people living the life I long for.
I want a normal life. A husband who comes home at a normal time has a normal job and dedicates time to his wife and family someone who doesn't hide lying or covering up always respects and puts his wife first I don't know if I can live like this I don't know how much longer I can take why can't I have a normal happy life why not I am the apple In my husband's eyes, why does he hide so much from me and why is it impossible to communicate with him? I feel like he has no heart.
He is torn, trampled and full of holes. The letter is enough to describe how Jade really felt. about her own marriage, she loved Chris very much and all she wanted to do was spend time with him and this was no secret either because everyone around Jaden Chris knew that she was lonely, in fact when Chris asked Jaden's best friend Jade what she wanted for her birthday. She responded that she just wants to spend time with you. Chris Chris understood the problem but he was too busy trying to keep his business afloat. He also had other things on his mind, more specifically another woman and then early in the morning of April 21, 2015 jade panio2 disappeared April 21, 2015 was a Tuesday, a usual day for jade to work.
She usually carpooled to work with her colleague and best friend Sheree Swanipol and today's plan was exactly as it had been hundreds of times before Jade left her house at 6:15 in the morning and wait outside a gated community for Charisse to pick her up. but when Charisse arrived, Jade was nowhere to be found, calls to her mobile phone went unanswered and the ringing of her house also led to a dead end and when they finally checked the property with no luck, serious worry slowly began to overflow, was at At that time Sharice finally called the police at 10 a.m., a missing person alert was posted on social media, and soon news of a disappearance began to spread.
Police would launch a massive search later that day that included the use of the flying squad and several canine units, but as the sun set they still did not know his whereabouts. Jade's family would offer R50,000 as a reward for any information that could lead to her safe return and by nightfall that reward had tripled to R150,000, many people accepted. to social media to help try to find jade, the hashtag find jade began trending and throughout the night it would be widely used, but just as search efforts began to accelerate during the first full day of searching, around 10 am, tragic news arrived.
The officer informed his team that with the help of his canine unit he had found a body that was located in a bushy area near a gravel road on the outskirts of Quana Bushley and unfortunately forensics would quickly confirm that the body belonged to Jade's. . Paniyotu was fully dressed and had been shot three times, twice in the back and once in the head, her bank cards along with her jewelry were missing. The relatives who came to the scene were devastated when they heard the news, her friends and family were crying. Jade's sister almost collapsed and Chris was also there when the news of her death reached a school, both students and colleagues mourned the loss of a loved one, the pain in the teachers' hearts spread throughout the school.
South Africa and with coverage of the case on Twitter and Facebook. It was also felt internationally, but one of the biggest and most troubling questions about her death was yet to be answered: why did Jade have to die? Considering the nature surrounding her death, it didn't make much sense as long as her possessions were known. The
murderis a fairly extreme precaution for this type of crime and the next day, April 23, the police released two surveillance images of a person of interest and it was quickly learned that the day of the death of jade. Her credit cards had been used on two separate occasions and the ATM cameras captured these two images, but no one close to Jade knew exactly who they were.
One week after her death, Jade's family and friends buried her today in the May Catholic Church in Newton Park, his students were among the hundreds of people who came to express their sorrows and their farewells. All our loved ones were present and the emotions of the funeral peaked around Chris' moving and poetic tribute to his late wife, but this is where things start to get complicated. looks a little shaky for Chris, the tribute he had made to his wife Jade was good, really good, in fact it was so well done that it was a little strange that he managed to polish something so well during his moment of despair and that's it. because in fact the script was not his at the time, if I googled and typed in my eulogy another charles atkins tribute to his own deceased wife would appear and the similarities are painfully vague, whereas this one was very bad that Chris did it It didn't necessarily mean he was guilty of anything, he simply could have been too upset to make his own script saying that he did draw attention to his surroundings and his own authenticity with his own wife, but he did little.
He knew other things were going on in the background and hour by hour the noose around Chris's neck was tightening a day before funeral police arrested a man in connection with Jade's
murderbased on a tip from a source. not revealed. The arrested man was. with the name of Litundo Cione, who turned out to be the goalkeeper of his ownChris's nightclub, accusations had begun to circulate that Latundo may have helped orchestrate the crime and while in custody, Lotundo must have gotten cold feet and broke down confessing everything to the police, he claimed that Chris had asked him to hire his own wife and although nintendo wouldn't do it himself he did know a friend or two, the tip led to a breakthrough in the case but they still had no evidence linking chris to the murder, they needed something. more to prove that Chris wanted his own wife to die, this is a very serious accusation, so they came up with a plan and decided to release Latundo from custody under a special condition: now he would have to carry out an undercover mission and record in secret to Chris and get it. that he would admit that he was involved in his wife's own murder, in response they would reduce his sentence and so on that note, Latundo agreed, he called Chris the next day and it worked right now, why I don't know, Pablo called me and told me said.
I was like the police were there in my house, yes, yes, so like everything, it was changing, but why the police officer? That's why I don't know, I think. There is information somewhere, somehow you know where they are going. I don't know, they didn't tell me that it was actually like that. I even changed my SIM card, yes, but you have to change it again now, yes, yes, after this, after this. I'm going to talk like you can't find me on Instagram. What's going on? What questions did they ask you? Hey, you ask, tell me, let me see, that was the only speech you were involved in, yeah, something like that, so what did you say?
Where did they take you? Did you take your phone anywhere? No, you're the other friend I destroyed. Did you tell me to destroy it? Yes, and there is a card and everything I love. Did you throw it in the trash? Yes, I'm not. Using vodafone, okay, I'm using this, so they didn't ask anything about me, no or if I'm involved in anything, yeah, but I haven't asked you, hey, they haven't asked me yet, yeah, they asked me, but now, but now. You have been calling me all day and they are chasing my phone so I have to tell them that you called me otherwise they will think I am involved so you have to destroy that phone now, the phone and the sim. card they're both getting together but obviously they're seeing who I've been calling they're taking my phone and all my phone numbers they've also looked into my family oh no what scissors did someone say something because this is like a mega The thing now is that something like that, but that's what I told you, it turned into a kidney thing and then into a murder instead of just turning it into a robbery outside the house, yeah, you have to hide at Jeffries for a while and keep quiet, like that I am.
I'm going to say you're going, you gotta destroy your phone down there, yeah, and the SIM card, and I'm going to say you told me you're going to East London, okay, yeah, I'll be fine as long as they never know about there are about five of us there so you yourself because I'm out now these things cost me a lot of money the family is also looking at me yes okay no because these kids succeeded I told you to let them do it outside the house and they take the bags and the rings and then they didn't take the watch or anything, they just left everything there you see, so now it seems like a success, so they are behind me and I can't find you in front of me like that. of tundra people okay, just police arrested chris two hours later that night, events surrounding the jade case would continue to unfold and eventually highlighted three more suspects in the case, says wazake vamazanke sinatemba nanembe and zelane sebeko and while Chris denied any involvement in his wife's death, the alleged story being that he had asked his bodyguard to arrange a murder, who then hired three hitmen to do the job.
Chris instructed to do it early in the morning at 6:30 while Jade would be waiting for a colleague to pick her up for work. She requested that they stage the murder as if it were a robbery, arranging the killing right outside Stellen Glenn's doors and stealing all of her possessions from her body. Jade's contract date was originally set to be a day early, April 20, 2015, but while Chris's hitmen were working up their courage for the job, Jade's friend Charisse showed up and they decided they would do it again. day. Apparently this delay made Chris very angry, he wanted his wife to die as soon as possible and so he demanded that it happen the next day, April 21, 2015, Jade appeared outside the gates of their community shortly after 6 :15 a.m. and, unbeknownst to her at the time, the three hitmen were also there, they were in a rented vehicle just a few meters from the road.
The trio decided to change her plans along the way, however, they did not want witnesses to her murder, so instead of killing her on the spot, they would kidnap her, take a private summer, and then complete her contract. Jade was found in the back of a Hyde where she was then driven 20 miles northwest to a location outside Quanah Boucher. The journey would take about 30 minutes to get there, she was then dragged out of the car and shot three times, dying instantly with the third bullet, the killers then took her to a nearby ATM and withdrew 1500 rand (the equivalent of 100) .
She made a second attempt later that same day, but because a PIN was entered incorrectly, her payment was withheld. Both attempts captured one of her killers on camera. The magistrates' court would try the four men together, excluding Chris. The bouncer thanked her for her plea deal, but mysteriously before the trial began, one of Chris' hitmen would suddenly die, leaving the remaining two along with Chris to face the judge. Strangely, Sister Ozaki Vamzonke, who had died while on leave from prison to be in hospital, had previously claimed that he was being assaulted by police officers in prison, but the police denied such allegations and then died after entering eat.
However, his death would not stop anything because on October 11, 2015, the trial against Chris and his two hitmen would begin. Prosecutors began to argue that the motive for the murder was that Chris could no longer pay his wife and lover, so his wife had to leave, meanwhile Chris' defense would argue that he had a heart of gold and would never do anything. such thing. In fact, she had apparently just bought Jade and himself a new home, so why would he kill her? The reason supposedly just wasn't there. Chris's lover, Chantal Coots, would also take the stand at the trial and talk about the expensive gifts Chris had given her.
He also confirmed that he had slept at Chris's house when Jade was away and of their daring nights together in local hotels, but Chris's secret recording attracted attention as incriminating evidence and, if that were not enough, the calls were discovered Phone calls between Chris The Doorman and his hitmen were captured seconds before the GPS coordinates of the hitmen's phones landed outside the ATM on Jade's property. Mugshots were also collected, as were the GPS coordinates of the Hyde vehicle which matched the path that would have been taken between Jade's home and Jade's location. The body followed this along with a host of other details on November 2, 2017, which was also Chris's 31st birthday.
Chris Paniotto was found guilty of the murder of his wife Jade Panioti. It was also learned that Chris was in the process of acquiring 2.2 million. rand loan, which would mean it would be impossible to keep both his wife and his mistress happy. The judge also concluded that Chris regretted marrying Jade and killed his wife to reduce her mounting debt as a result of her brutal and heartless actions. the judge had no mercy on chris and sentenced the man to life in prison sinatemba nanembe also received a life sentence for the murder of jade and solani sebeko also received 15 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder chris' limits to lutando sioni are still awaiting sentencing Completely and independently, the time now facing each man involved could never be as bad as the disappearance of Jade, who must have been terrified in her final moments before finally being killed for reasons of abandonment, betrayal, and greed.
Jade was around a good person who was described as having a heart of gold and dedication to her causes and the people were humble and sincere she was an enthusiastic and loyal fighter described by one of her students as a limited edition she had a positive attitude a bright personality and a beautiful smile to match that she deserved so much more in life and in the end it was her own husband who sold her entire life for a reward of eighty thousand rands, the equivalent of about fifty five hundred dollars, two years later, on the 9th December 2019, Chris's father, Costa Panio 2, who was against Chris's affair. was tragically shot and killed outside his own store, costa was shot multiple times while closing his store for the night and then had his car stolen and although his murder does not appear to be related to the chris and jade case, it is another horrible and unnecessary death For this story, this was another truly tragic case to cover one that has left two families completely destroyed, all due to the actions of a selfish man who put his own pride and money before his wife's life.
I hope Chris Panioto spends the rest of his life with him. life behind bars full of regret and sadness thanks again for seeing another case today for crime in a cafeteria. If you found this video interesting or learned something new, liking the video and subscribing helps me. This was a pretty difficult and twisted case. to cover one that I'm sure will generate a lot of opinions, so do me a favor and leave your thoughts in the comments below and if you want to see more cases from South Africa, let me know too, thanks again. for watching and you know, I will be here behind this camera waiting for you in the next one until that time comes, although let's take care of each other, goodbye.
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