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5 Mar 2015
7:53 am

The trial of Tibbetts’ shooter continues


The trial of Lindrey Khakhu, 22, accused of shooting dead Westbury toddler Luke Tibbetts continues in the High Court, sitting in Palm Ridge, on Thursday.

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

Khakhu faces a total of 18 charges, ranging from murder to attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Two DJs testified against him at the last proceedings on Wednesday.

One of them, Logan Deon Smith, claimed that in June 2013 Khakhu shot him in the back during a street party.

He testified that Khakhu visited him in hospital two days later and asked him to not open a case. He instead offered him money to have an operation to have the bullet removed.

Khakhu’s lawyer Sog van Eck denied Smith’s testimony, and said his mother tried to extort R5000 from Khakhu in order for them to not open an attempted murder case against Khakhu.

The second DJ, Sheldon Bowes. testified about the attempted murder of Smith.

He explained what happened on June 8, 2013 when Khakhu allegedly shot Smith.

It was impossible to think the shot could have come from anyone else but Khakhu, he told the court.

According to Bowes, Smith had intervened earlier when Khakhu had a confrontation with a boy.

Khakhu later came and joined Smith and Bowes near the DJ stand.

“He came back with a gun in his hand. I said nothing about the gun. Logan told him to put it away,” said Bowes.

He explained that the weapon looked like a CZ75 pistol.

Khakhu allegedly shot and wounded Luke Tibbetts on August 2. Luke was placed on life support, but died in hospital on August 8.