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Verdict expected in alleged 28s gang case

Alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas and his 17 co-accused face more than 140 charges.

FILE: An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Judge in the High Court trial against 18 Cape Town gang members is expected to start revealing part of her verdict on Thursday.

Alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas and his 17 co-accused face more than 140 charges including murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Thomas has been awaiting trial since 2008 and is accused of orchestrating the murder of more than a dozen people from behind bars.

The state has argued Thomas was the mastermind behind 17 murders and series of robberies in Bishop Lavis and surrounding areas in a bid to maintain power from prison.

Several state witnesses and their families were placed in witness protection after two people were killed shortly after testifying, allegedly under instruction from Thomas.

But his defence has slammed the prosecution's version as improbable.

Judge Chantel Fortuin said in her final verdict she will collectively consider evidence including cell phone data which allegedly links Thomas to several murders.