Gang boss tries to have judge recused
George ‘Geweld’ Thomas’s legal team in 2012 unsuccessfully tried to have Judge Chantel Fortuin recuse herself.
CAPE TOWN - Convicted gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas on Thursday attempted to have the presiding judge recuse herself.
The application was loadged by Thomas's defence team and was supported by eight convicts.
Judge Chantel Fortuin rejected the application.
Sentencing proceedings against Thomas and 16 other gangsters were again adjourned as defence attorney Janos Mihalik lodged the request.
He argued his client had not had a fair trial and believed Thomas's right to a fair trial would continuously be flouted during sentencing.
Mihalik supported the claim saying untested, hearsay evidence was accepted and state witnesses were granted preferential treatment.
The attorney says Fortuin cannot be objective after reports of death threats to her family emerged in the media.
But the judge dismissed the application.
Mihalik also tried to have the judge removed in 2012.