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Cape 28s gang case: Credibility of identity parade in question

George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 co-accused are standing trial on more than 140 charges.

'Geweld' and 17 others appeared at the Western Cape High Court facing 166 charges including murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The credibility of an identity parade in the murder trial of George 'Geweld' Thomas has been brought into question in the Western Cape High Court.

Judge Chantel Fortuin has raised concerns about the fact that the state's chief witness at the time only identified the accused a year after the crime.

Thomas and 17 co-accused are standing trial on more than 140 charges ranging from murder, conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering.

The court heard how an emotional Gail Adonis testified to seeing a silver Toyota, similar to that of one of the accused, on the night of Mark Ontong's murder.

But she was unable to identify the shooter or accomplices to the crime.

During an identity parade a year later, Adonis incorrectly pointed out the owner of the car.

Judge Fortuin has questioned the quality of the identification process and witnesses' testimony after she only correctly pointed out the two men accused of the murder several months later in a second photo ID parade.

The court has also heard that Thomas ordered hits on several people in Bishop Lavis and surrounding areas to maintain power from prison.

He allegedly plotted to execute a key witness in the trial against him.

He apparently organised the crime from Allendale Prison with the help of henchmen Rodney Joubert and Ashwin Charles.

Nydene Davids was a witness to the murder of Ralton Scheepers in Bishop Lavis in 2008.

She was killed shortly before she was supposed to testify against Thomas and two of his associates.

Fortuin is expected to wrap up her judgment tomorrow.

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