South Africa 9.6.2015 12:23 pm

‘Geweld’ Thomas appeal set for June court date

Picture: Thinkstock

Picture: Thinkstock

The defence teams in the case of George “Geweld” Thomas and 16 others on Tuesday applied to the Western Cape High Court to have their convictions and sentences overturned.

Last week, Thomas and his 16 co-accused were sentenced in the Western Cape’s biggest gang trial on a range of more than 150 charges, including murder, attempted murder, racketeering and extortion.

Thomas, an alleged 28s gang boss, was convicted of 52 charges, including seven of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder and extortion and given seven life sentences. His co-accused also received heavy sentences with eight of them receiving life terms for murder.

On Tuesday, defence counsel indicated their intention to apply for leave to appeal with some set to appeal only their sentences and others to appeal against their conviction and sentences.

Thomas’s advocate, Janos Mihalik, indicated he would appeal all the convictions, including the seven murders.

The defence teams’ notices are set to be ready by June 18, with arguments to be heard on June 22.

 

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