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Tibbetts accused abandons bail application

Lindray Khakhu will no longer apply for bail because his legal representative has withdrawn.

FILE: Lindray Khakhu appears in the Newlands Magistrates Court in Sophiatown on 12 August 2014 in connection with a shooting in Westbury that critically wounded Luke Tibbetts, a three-year-old boy who later died. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of killing three-year-old Luke Tibbetts has abandoned his bail application in the Newlands Magistrates Court.

Lindray Khakhu appeared briefly in the dock today and announced he will no longer apply for bail because his legal representative has withdrawn.

Tibbetts was shot in the head by a stray bullet while sitting on his mother's lap at the back of a vehicle transporting them in Westbury earlier this month in a suspected gang-related incident.

He died in hospital six days later.

Khakhu was expected to formally apply for bail today but magistrate Koos Pretorius was told there would be no application.

Prosecutor Deon van Wyk told the court that the matter would now be transferred to the Johannesburg High Court.

The accused is also expected to appear before the High Court for a separate matter later today.

Khakhu will return to court next month to face charges in connection with the shooting.

The incident came just three weeks after the death of four-year-old Taegrin Morris who was killed in a hijacking in Boksburg after he was dragged behind his parents' hijacked car.