NPA won't shut the door on Lolly Jackson's murder trial
Accused George Louka was due to go on trial yesterday but his case was postponed to mid-April.
Louka was due to go on trial yesterday but his case was postponed to mid-April.
He's accused of murdering the strip club boss in 2010 but has now authored a statement saying he wasn't the trigger man.
The NPA's Velekhaya Mgobhozi says no deals have been struck with Louka but the prosecuting authority isn't ruling out any possibilities.
"We were approached by them sometime last week and they did indicate to us that they will settle the adjournment in light of the fact that they will be making representations. As the NPA, they are not going to shut the door but want to consider other representations and make a decision."
Louka's lawyer says the representations will include several statements, not just the one affidavit dealing with Jackson's murder.
Authorities insist there is enough evidence to convict Louka for Jackson's murder.
Yesterday, his lawyer, Owen Bloomberg, confirmed that his client's statement about Jackson's murder will be included in the representations which will be made to the NPA this week.
But Bloomberg says there is more than just one statement.
"Not only a statement to this charge but other statements that my client has had to make, given his exposure to these events and others."
The lawyer has also confirmed that the statements have not been given to the Hawks investigators handling this case and suggested this may be because of a level of distrust.
The prosecuting authority says it will keep an open mind when considering Louka's version of events.
Louka signed a lengthy statement naming Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir as the trigger man for Jackson's murder.
However, Krejcir has always denied any involvement in the shooting and his lawyer says he won't respond to Louka's allegations.