Luke Tibbetts murder: Accused's life apparently threatened

Lindray Khakhu’s family says his life is in danger after a state witness threatened to kill him.

The man accused of killing Luke Tibbets, Lindray Khakhu. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The family of the man accused of killing Luke Tibbetts says his life is now in danger after one of the state's witnesses apparently threatened to kill him shortly after court adjourned on Wednesday.

A heated argument broke out between two groups supporting the accused, Lindray Khakhu, and a state witness.

Khakhu is facing 18 charges, including murder, for the death of three-year-old Tibbetts, who was sitting on his mother's lap last year when he was hit by a stray bullet in Westbury.

The accused's sister says his legal team will raise the matter in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge this morning and demand action be taken.

"He does fear for his life in prison because anything can happen. We do want the judge to take action against what happened."

The state witness in question claims Khakhu first showed him the middle finger.

Khakhu's family members gathered around him after the incident, telling him to calm down and that God would protect him.

Supporters of the two men continued to hurl insults at each other outside the courtroom on Wednesday.