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4 Mar 2015
7:36 am

Tibbetts murder accused’s trial continues

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The trial of a man accused of shooting three-year-old Luke Tibbetts is expected to continue in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge on Wednesday.

FILE PICTURE: Lindray Khakhu appears in the Newlands Magistrate's Court in Sophiatown on Tuesday, 12 August 2014 in connection with a shooting in Westbury that critically wounded Luke Tibbetts, a three-year-old boy who later died. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Lindrey Khakhu, who is in his mid-20s, is on trial for Tibbetts’ murder and on 17 other charges, including several of murder, attempted murder, pointing a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm.

Khakhu pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

According to court documents, Khakhu had been in a brawl with Keenan Mokwena on August 2, 2014.

Mokwena pointed a firearm at Khakhu and then drove off.

Khakhu was alleged to have fired shots at the vehicle as it drove off.

A bullet hit three-year-old Tibbetts who had been sitting on his mother’s lap in another vehicle.

Tibbetts died six days later, while Mokwena escaped with injuries.

During the last proceedings, witness Andre Mooi testified that Khakhu shot at him and his friend Ronald Plaatjies on January 5, 2013.

Mooi is currently in prison for car theft.

He testified that Khakhu gave him a “dirty look” and he asked him what his problem was.

Khakhu walked a few steps, took out his firearm, and shot at them, said Mooi.

He and his friend escaped unharmed.

They later opened a case at the local police station.

The court heard that Khakhu shot dead Mooi’s brother Alton five months after he had allegedly fired shots at Mooi and Plaatjies.