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Alleged 28s gang boss found guilty of seven murders

These include two state witnesses while he was behind bars.

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

CAPE TOWN - Alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas has been found guilty of seven murders, including those of two state witnesses while he was behind bars.

Judge Chantal Fortuin has today handed down judgment in the marathon trial against Thomas and 17 co-accused charged with more than 140 crimes ranging from murder to racketeering.

Fortuin found Thomas orchestrated hits on several people, in a bid to rule the streets of Bishop Lavis from behind bars.

He stood solemnly with his hands behind his back as she delivered her verdict.

The 49-year-old has been an awaiting trial prisoner since 2008, but cellphone records were used to link him to several murders.

Thomas's defence has tried to use his incarceration as an alibi.

He had also denied having a high rank within the gang, saying as a 'sergeant', he was only able to train new members and not order instructions.

Fortuin however has rejected this testimony as improbable.

It also emerged that Thomas made 33,000 cell phone calls from behind bars during his trial.

Fortuin says during his time as an awaiting trial prisoner at five different facilities, Thomas made more than 1,300 cellphone calls to his henchmen every month.

Cell phone records revealed all the calls were made after 4pm. which is when prison warders changed shifts.

Fortuin says the state has successfully proved the heavily tattooed 49-year-old controlled the prison gang as an enterprise.