Is it George Louka or Smith?

2014-03-26 14:17
George Louka (File, Sapa)

George Louka (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Murder-accused George Louka was asked in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on the East Rand on Wednesday to clarify whether he went under the surname of Louka or Smith.

After receiving an inquiry from the prosecution, Magistrate Eric Mhlari requested that Louka explain why he was charged in a separate case under the name of "George Smith" in 2007.

In the current matter, he was being referred to as Louka.

Louka's newly appointed lawyer Owen Blumberg approached his client, seeking clarity on the matter.

"We are dealing with one and the same person," Blumberg told the court after engaging with Louka.

He could not immediately explain why he had presented himself under a different name in another court case.

Special task force members in court

Dressed in a white shirt, black jacket, and blue jeans, Louka appeared composed during the proceedings.

At one point, he turned to look around the secured court room.

Heavily armed members of the special task force wearing camouflage uniforms were present in court.

Earlier, police officers conducted a thorough search of the court, also conducting body searches of everyone present and checking their belongings.

Louka, a Cypriot national, is accused of killing Teazers strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

He faces additional charges of money laundering and being in possession of stolen goods.

Louka returned to South Africa several weeks ago after losing his final appeal in the Supreme Court of Cyprus, the last of several attempts to evade extradition.

Expert at Pistorius trial

He left South Africa after Jackson was murdered at a house in Edenglen, east of Johannesburg, on 3 May 2010.

Louka reportedly phoned Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and admitted to being present when Jackson was murdered.

Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale said at the time the Hawks were investigating a number of other cases to which Louka could possibly be linked.

Louka's case was postponed to 12 May as the forensic expert who was expected to present evidence at the case had been occupied with the trial of another murder-accused, paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

Mhlari said Louka would remain in police custody at an undisclosed location. He warned those who might be aware of the location not to disclose it.

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