Tibbetts' family to focus on 'healing'

Tibbetts’ uncle says although they will never get closure, they have to start with their new journey.

FILE: Funeral service for Luke Tibbetts. Picture: Mia Lindeque/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Luke Tibbetts' family say now that Lindray Khakhu has been convicted of murdering the three-year-old and sentenced to a life behind bars, they will focus on getting their lives back on track.

Tibbetts was struck by Khakhu's bullet while sitting on his mother lap in Westbury eight months ago.

The Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on Friday found Khakhu guilty of murdering the three-year-old.

Khakhu has been convicted of 16 other charges, which include the murder of Alton Mooi and five other attempted murder counts.

Judge Matthew Klein said Khakhu was trigger-happy the day Tibbetts was struck by the bullet from his firearm and ruled out the possibility that he acted in self-defence.

Candise Tibbetts' health has taken a lot of strain since her son's death and she has been admitted to hospital several times.

Luke's uncle, Llewellyn Valentine says although they will never get closure they will have to start with their new journey without Luke.

"That is the next mountain we have to climb as a family, to bring reconciliation and calmness back to the family. The time for healing has to take place."

LISTEN: Tibbetts's uncle's haunting court testimony.