George Louca case postponed

2014-02-10 12:39

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The murder case against Cypriot George Louca has been postponed to February 18 by the Kempton Park Magistrates’ Court.

During this time, Louca was told to appoint an attorney as he did not have one.

“I need to speak to my family and see what funds we have available to appoint an attorney,” Louca said through an interpreter.

Louca said he needed between seven to 14 days for this. Magistrate Prince Manyathi said the charges against Louca included murder and money laundering.

Prosecutor JJ du Toit put further information on the record. He said George Smith, Louca’s alias, faced four criminal charges at various courts. The first and second related to possession of suspected stolen property. The third involved defeating or obstructing the course of justice, racketeering, and money laundering.

The fourth was murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition in connection with the murder of Teazers strip club owner Lolly Jackson.

Louca returned to South Africa yesterday morning after losing his final appeal in the Supreme Court of Cyprus, the last of several attempts to evade extradition.

Louca fled South Africa after Jackson’s murder at a house in Edenglen on the East Rand on May 3 2010. He allegedly phoned Gauteng crime intelligence boss Joey Mabasa and confessed to killing Jackson shortly after the murder.

Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale said yesterday the Hawks were investigating several other cases to which Louca could possibly be linked. Louca had previously told the Sunday Times he did not believe he would be granted a fair trial.

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