WHO KILLED LOLLY JACKSON?
Prime suspect in the killing of Lolly Jackson says the Czech fugitive was the man who pulled the trigger in 2010
email@example.com eorge Louka, the man who for five years has been the prime suspect in the murder of Teazers boss Lolly Jackson, says Radovan Krejcir was the man who pulled the trigger on the “King of Sleaze”. Louka has deposed to a lengthy affidavit about what unfolded at his rented house in Kempton Park, south of Joburg, on May 3 2010.
In the document, signed in November last year, he names the notorious Czech fugitive as the triggerman.
Louka’s trial is set to start in Joburg’s Palm Ridge Regional Court tomorrow.
After Jackson’s murder, Louka fled to his native Cyprus. He was arrested there and, from a prison cell in Limassol, gave interviews saying he was not the one who pulled the trigger. He insisted he would not go down alone and his life would be in danger if he returned to Johannesburg. He has been held at a secret location for his own safety since being extradited last year.
Louka’s lawyer, Owen Blumberg, confirmed that his client had authored a statement, but declined to reveal any details.
Forensic consultant Paul O’Sullivan told City Press that, in Louka’s version of events, Jackson was shot “subsequent to a verbal and then physical dispute concerning money laundering”.
“According to the sworn statement, Radovan Krejcir had produced fake documents to show that he had put money into an overseas account belonging to Lolly Jackson. Lolly Jackson realised that the money wasn’t there, and the dispute ensued.
“They met at George Louka’s rented accommodation, Radovan Krejcir pulled out a gun, shot Lolly Jackson dead and pointed the gun at George Louka,” said O’Sullivan, who has dedicated much of the past few years to having Krejcir arrested and tried on organised crime charges.
“Radovan Krejcir told George Louka to drag the body into the garage so they could put him into the back of his own Jeep and, during that process, George Louka saw an opportunity, jumped in the Jeep and drove off because he felt that he was going to be killed.
“Radovan Krejcir is the one who should be placed in the dock, not George Louka,” O’Sullivan said.
Louka, who is also known as George Smith, was a petty criminal and crack addict and met Krejcir when the two shared a jail cell in 2007. Krejcir later met Jackson and a complex money laundering scheme was allegedly hatched, with Louka acting as the middle man.
Officials suspect that millions of rands were shifted across borders, flouting exchange controls, so that Jackson could fund his insatiable appetite for flashy fast cars – primarily a Pagani Zonda imported from Singapore. It is this scheme investigators believe provided the motive for Jackson’s murder. A second source close to the case confirmed the contents of Louka’s affidavit and City Press has seen, though not studied, a copy of it.
“I’m uncomfortable that anyone involved in these investigations is making statements in relation to a matter about to come before the high court,” Blumberg said.
“Paul O’Sullivan does not represent my client in the matter and hasn’t conferred with me in relation to making any public disclosure in this regard.”
Meanwhile, members of the Hawks who are running the official investigation insist they know nothing about Louka cooperating with other agencies and possibly turning state witness.
The investigating officer in the case, Colonel PW van Heerden – who also spearheaded the failed Brett Kebble murder case – is pushing ahead with using Krejcir as the state’s star witness against Louka.
“They’re going fully ahead with it that way,” a member of the task team investigating underworld murders told City Press.
It’s understood that another law enforcement agency has secured the statement, even though the case docket is still sitting with the Hawks.
The official witness list shows that prosecutors plan to rely heavily on police forensic specialists.
Krejcir, who is currently in jail on a separate attempted murder charge, also appears on the list.
The Czech’s lawyer Piet du Plessis said Krejcir had not been visited by any officials for consultations or a view to him taking the stand.
Du Plessis also declined to comment on Louka naming his client as Jackson’s killer.
The Czech has repeatedly denied any involvement in any murder in South Africa.
Velekhaya Mgobhozi of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said no deals had been discussed or entered into with Louka’s legal team.
“The NPA is ready to proceed with a trial [tomorrow]. The NPA has been approached by the defence with a view of lodging representations. Therefore the matter will not proceed to trial until the NPA has looked into those representations to be lodged,” said Mgobhozi.