Westbury shooting trial begins

2015-03-02 07:41
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Johannesburg - The trial of a man accused of shooting 3-year-old Luke Tibbetts is expected to start in the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Monday.

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

Khakhu was arrested after people who witnessed the shooting identified him and reported to the police.

Last year August, investigating officer Sergeant Diedelof Fourie told the Newlands Magistrate's Court that Khakhu and Keenan Mokwena had an argument on the day of the shooting in Westbury, Johannesburg.

Mokwena was accused of pointing a firearm that led to the crossfire shooting, which lead to Tibbetts' death.

Khakhu allegedly retaliated and fired shots at Mokwena, who was driving a vehicle at the time. A stray bullet hit Tibbetts, who was travelling with his mother in a passing car.

In October, Mokwena, 28, was released after admitting guilt and paying a fine.

He was sentenced to 12 months in jail or a R3000 fine. He opted to pay the fine and was released thereafter.

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