Woman volunteered to have her clitoris removed by Danish man - report

2015-09-29 11:29

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Bloemfontein - One of the women who had her clitoris removed by a Bloemfontein-based Danish gunshop owner has presented herself to police, the Hawks confirmed on Tuesday.

“She did come forward yesterday [Monday] and gave a statement,” Warrant Officer Linda Steyn told News24.

An earlier report in The Star newspaper suggested that none of the victims had come forward, sparking fears that they were dead.

“The women are alive, definitely,” said Steyn, adding that media coverage was needed to encourage them to come forward.

The Dane, aged 63, faces various charges, including sexual assault and crimes under sections of the Medicines Act, after he was found with 21 packages with parts of women's clitorises in his freezer, as well as surgical equipment and photographs of female genitalia.

He was arrested last week after police raided his Langenhovenpark home

Meanwhile, Netwerk24 reported that the woman who came forward on Monday did so to testify in favour of the Dane.

'It is my wife'

According to Netwerk24, the man’s lawyer Adriaan van Rensburg of Phatshoane Henney Attorneys told reporters the woman wanted to testify on behalf of the Dane.

She allegedly said that she made contact with the man, through his wife, and that she volunteered to have the procedure done for cultural reasons.

On Tuesday Steyn said she could not confirm this information.

Last week police said that they could not rule out the possibility that the man may have conducted voluntary female genital mutilation.

Netwerk24 also reported Lesotho police as saying the man was wanted in that country for the alleged assault of his wife.

The Dane is in police custody and is due to apply for bail at his next appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

On Sunday it was disclosed that the Dane’s wife was among those believed to be his victims.

The Star newspaper reported that his wife was back in the country after apparently fleeing to Lesotho. She was seen on Monday gathering clothing, seemingly for herself and her two children, aged 2 and 4.

Steyn previously said the wife had reported the matter in February and earlier this month.

The man may not be named until he has pleaded to the sexual assault charge, but police have so far established that he was fined R2 500 in February for illegal possession of an elephant tusk.

Last week Associated Press reported that the Dane had dismissed the accusations against him as "totally unfounded", adding "it is my wife who keeps these kinds of things".

"I have never ever committed anything criminal in South Africa," the man told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, according to the news agency.

Reports have emerged that the man is allegedly wanted in Denmark for illegal firearm transactions.

He reportedly fled Denmark to evade these charges.

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