Cold case: Prosecutors push Laughton for answers

He was asked why four people, some friends he has known for decades, would implicate him in a murder.

FILE: The six men accused of Betty Ketani's murder. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Prosecutors in the Betty Ketani murder trial have pushed for answers as to why police officers, private detectives and childhood friends would all falsely implicate the alleged author of a confession crucial to the case.

Carrington Laughton returned to the witness box today to continue testifying in his defence.

He and his co-accused have denied kidnapping and killing Ketani in mid-1999 and claim they are being framed by her former boss and restaurant owner, Eric Neeteson-Lemkes.

Prosecutor Herman Broodryk continued to test Laughton's alibi and the evidence he's given in court.

He asked Laughton why four people, some friends he has known for decades, would implicate him in a murder.

He also questioned whether there was any evidence to link Neeteson-Lemkes to the detectives who investigated this case.

Laughton called Broodryk's question unfair saying he could not speculate about the motives of others.

But he did concede that a 'handful' of people would have to be part of the plot against him.

His lawyer, Laurence Hodes also intervened, forcing Broodryk to rephrase some questions.