'George Louca was not a murderer'

Dimitri Panayiotou says his brother made a lot of mistakes, but was not capable of committing murder.

FILE: Dimitri Panayiotou says his brother made a lot of mistakes, but was not capable of committing murder. Picture: Mandy Wiener/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - George Louca's brother Dimitri Panayiotou says he knows the late Cypriot was not a saint, but is adamant he did not kill strip club boss Lolly Jackson.

Louca was accused of killing Jackson in 2010 but last month he made a statement during his medical parole application in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge last month, claiming Czech fugitive Radovan Krejcir pulled the trigger.

He died of lung cancer at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital on Monday.

Panayiotou says his brother made a lot of mistakes in his life, but was not capable of committing murder.

"My made a lot of mistakes in his life, but I bet my life, he's not a murderer."

Panayiotou has accused government of only ensuring they extorted information from his brother regarding the Jackson murder case, but didn't care about his rights as a human being.

He says he wishes that his brother never laid eyes on Krejcir, implying this is where all the trouble started.

"I spoke to him couple of times on the phone, everybody they were saying he's a very, very dangerous man.

Panayiotou says government is helping with arrangements to repatriate Louca's body before the end of the week, so he can have a dignified burial.

He says his family will take action against government for not allowing his brother to go home to die in his home country.

At this stage his family are not prepared to ask for a post-mortem report.


A question mark now hangs over the Jackson murder case, with the likelihood being no one will ever be successfully prosecuted for the shooting.

Louca was the state's main accused and government spent years extraditing him from Cyprus to stand trial.

In a gasping voice, desperately ill, and breathing through an oxygen mask, Louca revealed his version of what happened the night Jackson was killed. This revelation came just last month.

Louca insisted Krejcir pulled the trigger, and that he was merely the fall guy. The Cypriot had fought extradition.

But Hawks investigators were adamant he was the man responsible for the murder.

In the last few months Louca and his lawyer were working with a different arm of the police, who are building a case against Krejcir.

Louca deposed to several statements on a variety of underworld related killings. It's expected these affidavits could have been the back bone of a case against the Czech.

But with Louca dead, a central pillar of that case is now gone and it's unlikely anyone will be successfully prosecuted for Jackson's murder.