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Judge denies leave to appeal to 10 convicted 28s gangsters

Judge Chantel Fortuin says her sentences for all the men were adequate and in the interest of justice.

FILE: 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 - In the trial against 15 convicted gangsters, a High Court judge has denied leave to appeal to ten applicants and granted the right to appeal to five of the convicts.

Judge Chantel Fortuin says her sentences for all the men were adequate and in the interest of justice.

Earlier this month, the convicts, including gang boss George 'Geweld' Thomas, were found guilty under the prevention of Organised Crime Act and were handed hefty sentences for crimes committed in service of the 28s gang between 2006 and 2010.

Fortuin maintained there was sufficient credibility in relation to witness accounts, including the death statement by state witness Haywin Strydom.

Strydom identified his attackers as Geweld's men shortly before he was executed in 2010.

The defence had argued the court erred in evaluating evidence and allowed single state witness testimony, which could not always be corroborated.

Fortuin only granted five of the convicted gangsters leave to appeal their convictions at the Supreme Court of appeal.

She has also granted the state leave to appeal the racketeering charges of four convicts.

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