Khakhu's sister told witness to lie about Westbury shooting

2015-03-12 14:27
Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Lindray Khakhu (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The sister of the man accused of shooting toddler Luke Tibbetts told a witness to tell police she had not seen who had shot, the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg sitting in Palm Ridge heard on Thursday.

"Lindsay [Campbell] told me to say that I saw nobody shooting," Zhane van der Westhuizen told the court.

Van der Westhuizen had previously been in a relationship with the accused Lindray Khakhu and was with him and a group of friends at the time of the shooting.

On 2 August last year Khakhu allegedly shot at a white car Keenan Mokwena was travelling in in Steytler Street in Westbury, Johannesburg.

Three-year-old Tibbetts was in a car with his family travelling in Khakhu's direction as Khakhu allegedly shot at Mokwena's car while it drove off.

A stray bullet hit the car's windscreen and struck Tibbetts in the head. He died six days later in hospital.

The court heard on Wednesday that Tibbetts had been sitting in the centre of the back seat of the vehicle on his mother's lap.

Van Der Westhuizen said she had felt a gun tucked into Khakhu's belt while he was standing behind her with his arms around her waist.

She told prosecutor Deon van Wyk how Khakhu had been sending her text messages since he had been taken into custody.

"He has been SMSing me but I haven't been replying... Saying that he needs me and he's sorry for the past."

Van der Westhuizen said she had received a phone call from Khakhu's mother on Monday telling her that he needed her help and tried to find out if she was being called as a witness in his trial.

Khakhu had then allegedly sent Van der Westhuizen's sister a private message on Facebook saying that she was testifying against him because she was dating a Westbury drug lord called Dice.

Van der Westuizen denied this.

Khakhu is on trial for two murders including that of 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 charges.

During proceedings Khakhu sat in the dock wearing a grey jersey. He stared straight ahead, occasionally glancing at Van der Westhuizen.

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