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Sentencing of 28s gang boss and 17 co-accused to continue

The group faces more than 140 charges including murder, attempted murder and racketeering.

George 'Geweld' Thomas and 17 others appeared at the Western Cape High Court facing 140 charges including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder. Picture: Thomas Holders/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Sentencing proceedings against a group of 28s gang members are expected to start today in the Western Cape High Court.

Gang boss George Thomas and 17 other men were l ast week found guilty of dozens of crimes.

The group faces more than 140 charges including murder, attempted murder and racketeering.

After almost two weeks of delivering her verdict, Judge Chantal Fortuin handed judgment last week.

She found George Thomas had orchestrated hits on several people in a bit to rule the streets of Bishop Lavis from behind bars.

Thomas is accused of being the triggerman after ballistic tests linked the bullets used in the murders to other crimes in the Bishop Lavis area.

Cellphone records were used as part of evidence to link him to several murders.

Thomas's defence who denied he is a high-ranking member of 28s gang, had tried to use his incarceration as an alibi.

Fortuin however rejected his testimony as improbable.

She found Thomas guilty of 53 charges, among them murder, racketeering and theft.

Last week, Fortuin said several witnesses have also corroborated the use of a black Bantam bakkie in both murders, placing Thomas at the scene of the crimes.

But Thomas has again vehemently denied any involvement in either matter.