Cold case: Carrington Laughton to shed details on 'being framed'

Laughton began testifying in his defence on Tuesday almost three years after he was arrested.

FILE: The Betty Ketani murder trial in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The alleged author of a confession at the centre of the Betty Ketani murder trial is on Wednesday expected to shed more light on his claim that he is being framed.

Carrington Laughton began testifying in his defence on Tuesday almost three years after he was arrested and more than a year after the trial began.

Laughton and his two co-accused deny kidnapping and murdering Ketani 15 years ago in a crime detailed on the pages of a hidden confession found under a carpet.

He gave the court a glimpse into his world from his childhood to his work as a private detective.

He has testified about the cross-border missions he was involved in while serving in the army and about his first marriage.

Loughton also used his memories to attack the credibility of the three close friends who have testified against him in the trial.

He gave an unusual amount of detail in his evidence from exact dates to the spelling of street names and from explanations about car window tinting to the colour of a suitcase he laid eyes on 20 years ago.

On Wednesday he is likely to expand on his allegations that he is being set up for murder.