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Tibbetts accused facing 18 charges

Lindray Khakhu appeared in the High Court where his case was postponed until next year for trial.

FILE: Lindray Khakhu appears in the Newlands Magistrates Court in Sophiatown on Tuesday, 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 who allegedly fired the shot that killed three-year-old Luke Tibbetts in Westbury last month has now been charged with 18 counts relating to four separate cases.

It's understood Lindray Khakhu fired the shot during an altercation with another person.

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 last month in a suspected gang-related incident.

He died in hospital six days later.

Khakhu has appeared in the High Court in Johannesburg where his case was postponed until next year for trial.

His lawyer SW van der Merwe says the accused has been charged in connection with crimes dating back to last year.

"They have combined all the charges and the indictment has ballooned from four counts to 18."

Khakhu appeared in court last week in connection with the murder of the three-year-old but abandoned his bail application.

Tibbetts's death 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.