No bail application for Luke Tibbetts’ alleged shooter

2014-08-29 11:17

The man who allegedly shot three-year-old Luke Tibbetts briefly appeared in the Newlands Magistrates’ Court in Joburg today.

It was expected that 24-year-old Lindray Khakhu would formally apply for bail, but Magistrate Koos Pretorius was told there would be no bail application.

Khakhu and another man, Keenan Mokoena (28), had an argument on August 2 and Mokoena reportedly pointed a gun at him.

Khakhu allegedly fired shots at Mokoena and a stray bullet hit Tibbetts, who was in his mother’s car that was passing by.

Tibbetts died in hospital on August 8. He had been on life support machines.

Prosecutor Dion van Wyk said Khakhu’s lawyer Rowen Meth had withdrawn as Khakhu’s representative and the matter would be transferred to the South Gauteng High Court. Khakhu would appear again on September 3.

Khakhu, wearing a black jacket, red hoodie and jeans, was to be brought before the high court later today in a separate matter.

Upon Pretorius’ ruling that the case be transferred, Khakhu showed the “call me” gesture with his right hand to family in the full public gallery as he left the dock.

On August 18, Mokoena was denied bail and was also expected back in court on September 3.

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