Khakhu's friend takes stand in Westbury shooting trial

2015-03-10 17:29
Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - There were two separate shooting incidents on the night 3-year-old Luke Tibbetts was shot in Westbury, Johannesburg, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Tuesday.

Murder accused Lindray Khakhu's friend Dalmain Abrahams told the court he had spent the day with Khakhu on 2 August and had been a witness on three occasions that Khakhu and Keenan Mokwena had exchanged unpleasant words to one another.

The toddler died after being hit by a stray bullet, allegedly fired by Khakhu and aimed at Mokwena.

Tibbits had been sitting on his mother's lap in a car when he was struck by a bullet.

Mokwena was wounded in the shooting while Tibbets died several days later in hospital.

Mokwena told the court on Monday that he had pointed his son's toy gun at Khakhu shortly before being shot at, allegedly by Khakhu.

Abrahams told the court on Tuesday that he saw Mokwena pointing a firearm at him and others who were at a braai.

He then heard two gunshots fired by his friend Khakhu towards the car Mokwena was travelling in.

Abrahams said Khakhu had been in possession of a gun with an extended magazine that night. Khakhu had kept it in the left hip of his belt.

"A white Yaris pulled up. From the left-hand side window a firearm was pointed towards us. Someone said 'watch!' Khakhu moved to the back of the car and fired two shots at their car. I ducked and heard more shots going off," he told the court.

"I saw [Mokwena] as the person pointing the firearm."

Abrahams said he did not see any shots fired by Mokwena that night.

"I never seen shots being fired from the white Yaris," he said.

Less than five minutes later as Abrahams was fleeing the scene in his vehicle, he drove towards Khakhu's home to pick up other friends who had fled the scene on foot.

After picking up three friends and driving back in the direction of the braai where he, Khakhu, and others had been standing before the shooting, his car was shot at, the court heard.

The shots went off in Khakhu's direction as he was walking along the road towards Abrahams's car. Khakhu then fled on foot.

The two later met up at a community hall in the area where a function was being held, Abrahams said.

The two did not discuss what had happened earlier that night.

The court heard that Khakhu, who had initially been denied access to the hall on suspicion of him being in possession of a firearm, later left the hall when people started talking about a shooting that had occurred earlier that night.

Abrahams left the hall an hour later and spent the night at his grandmother's home near the hall.

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