Radovan Krejcir was reported to have hired a hitman to rub out Judge Collin Lamont and when he appeared in court he menacingly told the judge he “knew where he lived”.
But the judge ignored his veiled threats and went ahead and locked him up.
Krejcir, 47, was convicted in South Africa last year of torturing and attempting to murder drug dealer Bheki Lukhele who he believed had stolen 25kg of methamphetamines.
While in prison Krejcir befriended disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius and at one point the cops raided the athlete”s cell, believing he might be hiding contraband for the Czech gangster.
The South African press reported last week that a European hitman had flown to South Africa to kill Judge Lamont and a forensic investigator, Paul O”Sullivan.
The hitman visited Krejcir at Kokstad prison, claiming to be the Czech gangster”s brother.
But a source told a South African newspaper: “Krejcir is an only child. He doesn”t have a brother. This shows that there are ulterior motives. Why did that man lie about his identity.”
A top cop rushed to the prison the day and demanded all the CCTV footage of the visitor.
Judge Lamont was aware of the hitman plot when Krejcir appeared before him this week.
Armed cops surrounded the court and there was a bomb scare at one point, showing how scared the authorities were by Krejcir”s underworld links.
But the fearless judge refused to hand over the case to a colleague.
He said: “I am required to consider the interests of society when meting out a sentence; the society of the country in which the crime was committed or other societies that might be affected by the crime.”
Krejcir told him: “You are biased, unfair, unobjective, dishonest, proven untruthful from record.”
He then told the judge: “I believe you live in Bedfordview.”
But Judge Lamont was not spooked and, in sentencing Krejcir to 35 years in prison, he told him: “I must also remind myself that the purpose of punishment is to punish.”