28s boss defence continues to dispute evidence
The 28s gang boss George ‘Geweld’ Thomas' defence has disputed his client's recent conviction.
CAPE TOWN - Alleged 28s gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas' defence on Monday disputed his client's recent conviction and sentence saying the ruling was 'factually flawed'.
Thomas was handed seven life sentences and 175 additional years, for murder and other crimes committed in between 2006 and 2010.
Defence advocate Janos Mihalik claimed crucial state witnesses lied under oath, wrongfully implicating Thomas in several crimes.
Mihalik further charged that none of the evidence put before court could be pinned on his client.
The advocate questioned the admissibility of state witness Haywin Strydom's death note, identifying his attackers as 'Geweld's men'.
He believed this was not enough to convict and sentence his client for murder.
Mihalik further claimed state witness Ricardo Adonis, a one-time accomplice to many of the crimes, had lied under oath to implicate his client.
28S GANG BOSS & CO TO APPEAL SENTENCES
A group of gangsters will attempt to have their convictions and sentences overturned.
The men were handed hefty sentences after being found guilty for a rash of crimes ranging from murder to racketeering.
Thomas and six others are already serving life sentences in prisons across the country.
The rest are serving terms ranging from between 12 and 25 years.
Judge Chantel Fortuin handed down heavy sentences in the marathon gang trial against the 17 convicted gangsters.
She found they had acted willingly and deliberately in service of the 28s numbers gang.
Fifteen of the 17 convicts now want to contest their fate.
The defence claims Fortuin made fundamental errors in her verdict and sentencing.
The state will oppose the appeals and also challenge some of the sentences handed down earlier this month.
The court heard last month that Thomas orchestrated several crimes in a bid to rule the streets of Bishop Lavis from behind bars.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said the case Thomas and his co-accused has been the Western Cape's most complex gang trial.
The men were tried under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
The NPA said the successful conviction is a turning point in the fight against gangsterism in Cape Town.