Security beefed up at Luke Tibbetts murder trial

The accused was reportedly threatened by a state witness following court proceedings yesterday.

FILE: Lindray Khakhu in court. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - State witnesses, family and the man accused of killing three-year-old Luke Tibbetts have been warned not to make contact with one another following a heated argument.

Lindray Khakhu is facing 18 charges including murder and attempted murder in the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge in Johannesburg.

Last August, Tibbetts was shot in the head while sitting on his mother's lap in Westbury.

He died six days later in hospital.

Security has been stepped up after Khakhu was reportedly threatened by a state witness following court proceedings yesterday.

Three armed police officers are now sitting outside court, waiting with state witnesses who are due to testify against Khakhu later today.

The judge presiding over the matter has also given a stern warning to those involved, clarifying that even when proceedings are adjourned, witnesses who make contact with the accused or family will be in contempt of court.

The state's fifth witness is continuing to testify against Khakhu, dealing with the charge in which he is accused of killing a man in January last year.

The state is also expected to start leading witnesses tomorrow who are likely to shed more light on how Tibbetts was shot.