Westbury murder accused lying - State

2015-03-17 17:43
Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Testimony given by the man accused of killing Westbury toddler Luke Tibbetts was false, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, sitting in Palm Ridge, heard on Tuesday.

"In respect of each count, where your version differs from that of the State witnesses, I put it to you that your version is false and that the true version of what happened is what the witnesses testified," prosecutor Deon van Wyk told the accused Lindray Khakhu during cross-examination.

Khakhu did not respond to Van Wyk's allegation.

"I see no comment, just a stare," Van Wyk said.

Khakhu, 22, is on trial for two murders, including that of 3-year-old Tibbetts, five counts of attempted murder, 10 of unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, and one of pointing a firearm. He has pleaded not guilty to all 18 charges.

Tibbetts was shot in the head in Steytler Street, Westbury, Johannesburg, on 2 August last year while sitting on his mother's lap in a car, as Khakhu allegedly shot at Keenan Mokwena who was in another car.

Mokwena was wounded. Tibbetts died in hospital six days later.

The other murder Khakhu stands accused of is that of Alton Mooi, who was shot dead in Westbury on the night of 17 June 2013.

Van Wyk argued that a pattern had emerged in Khakhu's behaviour. He provoked a confrontation and then pulled out his firearm, Van Wyk said.

Van Wyk showed the court CCTV footage taken on the night of Mooi's murder. It shows Khakhu running down the road with what looks like a firearm in his hand. Khakhu denied it was a firearm.

Earlier, Khakhu admitted it was probably a bullet fired from his gun that killed Tibbetts.

"It must have been," he said.

When the court adjourned, Khakhu shuffled across the courtroom, his ankle chains clanking.

He spoke briefly to his family, who had been sitting in the public gallery, and hugged and kissed them before being led away by a police officer.

The trial is expected to continue on Wednesday.


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