Louca back in the dock

George Louca faces charges of murder, money laundering and being in possession of stolen goods.

George Louca made his first court appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court last week. Picture: SAPS.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of killing strip club boss Lolly Jackson will be back in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court today.

After a four year battle, George Louca was successfully extradited from Cyprus and brought back to South Africa on 9 February.

He is facing charges of murder, money laundering and being in possession of stolen goods worth almost R2 million.

Louca made his first court appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court last Monday where he was given a week to appoint a lawyer, consult with his family and study his finances.

It's unclear at this stage if he will strike a deal with the state and testify against other prominent members of South Africa's underworld.

Jackson was shot at a house rented by Louca in Edleen, Kempton Park in 2010.

Louca allegedly confessed to killing Jackson during a phone call to the then Head of the Gauteng crime intelligence unit, Joey Mabasa, before fleeing the country for Cyprus.

But Louca claims he was the only witness to Jackson's death and tried to report the murder, not confess to the crime.

In August, a Cyprus court issued an order to extradite Louka, but he then hired a new lawyer to appeal the matter.

A month later, he was granted an interdict by the Supreme Court of Cyprus, halting his extradition to South Africa on the basis that he could be killed if forced to come back.