Louca qualifies for release for medical reasons

George Louca was diagnosed in February with stage four lung cancer which is inoperable.

FILE: George Louca in the Kempton Park magistrates court. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands a doctor who has examined murder accused George Louca in the Kgosi Mampuru II prison (formerly known as the Pretoria Central Prison) hospital in the last 24 hours has recommended he qualifies to be released from jail due to the severity of his illness.

Louca, who is accused of killing strip club boss Lolly Jackson in 2010, was diagnosed in February with stage four lung cancer which is inoperable and can't be treated with either radiation or chemotherapy.

He has since handed a summary of five sworn statements to prosecutors working on his case in which he claims Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir pulled the trigger.

A doctor who has examined Louca at the prison has written a report stating that the murder accused is terminally ill, can't look after himself and the prison's health facilities will no longer be able to care for his needs.

The doctor could not however tell Louca's legal team how long he will live, but that it could be months.

Louca's attorney, Owen Bloomberg said, "I am really hoping that this application will in fact allow my client to be released and taken back to his family. To comfortably be cared for among friends and family."

The doctor's report is expected to be submitted to a judge along with the National Prosecuting Authority and police report before an ultimate decision will be taken whether he is eligible to be released back into the community due to his illness.