Lolly Jackson's 'killer' arrested in Cyprus
Cape Town - The alleged killer of Teazers founder Lolly Jackson has been arrested in Cyprus, an EWN reporter said on Friday.
South African police also confirmed the arrest of George Louka (Smith) which came at the request of SA authorities via Interpol, EWN reporter Mandy Wiener said.
He is now in police custody in Cyprus.
Louka will apparently appear in court next week. The extradition process will then begin.
Louka had previously stated that he was helped out of South Africa and flew out of the country from OR Tambo International Airport.
The last cellphone call Jackson ever made lasted 27 seconds and was to the man wanted for his killing, City Press reported in August 2011.
Leaked cellphone records provide tantalising clues of the countdown to Jackson’s unsolved killing and the movements of Louka, who is alleged to have shot him six times on May 3 last year.
The call data also shows Louka was in regular contact with Jackson and alleged Czech mob boss Radovan Krejcir on the day of the crime and communicated with two police crime intelligence officers at about the time of the shooting.
Jackson’s bullet-riddled body was found inside the garage of a house at Joan Hunter Avenue in Edenglen, Ekurhuleni, hours after his killing. Louka was renting the house at the time.
According to the records, Jackson’s last call to Louka was made at 17:08, three minutes after Louka called him.
They also reveal that a policeman working for crime intelligence, Thabo Ntholeng, called Louka at 17:51 The call lasted 30 seconds.
Ntholeng said he was “not sure what the call was about”, adding that he knew Louka as an “informant”.
'Something very bad'
Although the exact time of Jackson’s death is not known, he was probably shot between 17:08 and 18:22 when Louka placed a call to another policeman, the then head of Gauteng police crime intelligence, General Joey Mabasa.
Louka reportedly burst into tears when he spoke to Mabasa and said: “I have done something very bad.”
The two spoke for 96 seconds and a log of the cellphone tower that routed the call indicates Louka was not at the crime scene.
During that time he arranged to hand himself over to the police, Mabasa told the Mail&Guardian newspaper in 2010.
The last call Louka made before switching off his phone was to his landlord, supermarket owner George Toumbis.
The call was placed in the Bedford Gardens area of Bedfordview, Ekurhuleni.
Toumbis said Louka never spoke during two calls which lasted 71 seconds and 62 seconds.
“There were just background sounds. He didn’t say anything.”
On the day of the murder, Louka and Jackson spoke 10 times for a total of two minutes.
Louka also called Krejcir seven times. Krejcir called him once. Krejcir said he could not remember what they had discussed.
“George called me every day, plenty of times. Sometimes he’d call me 40 times a day. It depended on his mood. In those days he was mostly under the influence of drugs, I believe.”
According to Krejcir, Louka arrived at the Harbour Restaurant in Bedfordview at about 18:30.
“There were six of us at a table and he came there and all of a sudden said he’d killed Lolly. We didn’t believe it, actually.”
According to Krejcir, Louka was “upset because he was waiting for Joey Mabasa and he never arrived”.
Mabasa later arrived at the restaurant and Krejcir and the others accompanied him to the house Louka was renting.
“We had to wait for the owner of the house [Toumbis] for another hour before he came. He opened up the garage and then we discovered it was actually true what George had said.”