Convicted 28s gangster apologises to murdered man's family, denies killing victim

28-year-old Gregory Meyer said he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

An alleged leader of the 28s gang, George Thomas and his 17 co-accused in court on 4 May 2015, they collectively face 166 charges ranging from murder to attempted murder. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A convicted gangster, testifying in mitigation of sentence in the Western Cape High Court, has apologised to the family of the man he has been convicted of killing.

Before stepping out of the witness box earlier today, Gregory Meyer, one of 17 gangsters convicted under the organised crime act, turned to the family of slain Marvin Estherhuizen, saying he was sorry for their loss but that he cannot be remorseful for a crime he didn't commit.

Meyer, staring straight ahead at Judge Chantel Fortuin while in the witness stand, maintained he was not guilty of murder but acknowledged he did provide the murder weapon.

Fortuin convicted Meyer of killing Esterhuizen in 2008.

Meyer (28) said he was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.

A handful of friends and family have appeared in the witness stand since sentencing proceedings in the marathon trial got underway on Tuesday.

Meyer is one of 17 gang members, including 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas, who are on trial for a range of different crimes.

Last week three of the men - Peter McNeil, Derrick Claasen and Howard Jansen, were found guilty of the murder of a state witness Haywin Strydom in 2008.

In the same week, George 'Geweld' Thomas was found guilty on 53 charges, including seven murders.

Thomas tried to convince the court he has not been an active gangster since 1998.

The 49-year-old convicted gang boss continued to deny involvement in the crimes he's been convicted of and believes an appeal could be successful.