Luke Tibbetts murder: Accused pleads not guilty

The three-year-old was hit by a stray bullet allegedly fired by Lindray Khakhu in 2014.

Lindray Khakhu, accused of killing Luke Tibbetts, has pleaded not guilty. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The man accused of shooting three-year-old Luke Tibbetts has pleaded not guilty to killing the child, as well as 17 other charges against him.

The child had been sitting in his mother's lap in a vehicle and was hit by a stray bullet when the accused allegedly fired more than 20 shots into the air in a suspected gang-related incident in 2014.

Luke died in hospital on 8 August 2014 after being on life support for six days.

Appearing in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court today, Khakhu pleaded not guilty to the 18 charges against him.

Prosecutor Deon van Wyk says Khakhu was fighting co-accused Keenan Mokwena after he allegedly fetched a firearm from his house.

The state is relying on a legal principle of dolus eventualis to prove Khakhu knew he could kill Tibbets in the shooting spree.