Bail ruling expected for 'clitoris collector'

2015-11-20 05:29
(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

(Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - The Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court was on Friday expected to deliver its ruling on whether alleged genital mutilator, Peter Frederikson, would be granted bail.

The Danish national was alleged to have sliced off women's sexual organs and kept them as trophies. Twenty-one packages with parts of women's clitorises were found in his freezer, as well as surgical equipment and photographs of female genitalia.

During his bail application, the court heard that the Danish national had allegedly made threatening phone calls to witnesses.

He is also being investigated for the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anna Matseliso Molise who was gunned down in Lesotho following his arrest. She had been expected to be a key State witness in the case against her husband. 

Frederikson, 63, who faces nine charges including assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, manufacturing child pornography, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, conspiracy to murder and bigamy, said he had nothing to do with his wife's murder. 

He claimed to have learnt of her death through the media. 

Opposing his application, Prosecutor Amanda Bester said Frederikson was a flight risk. 

“He will not stand trial, and the reason for that is because he has no ties in South Africa. He deliberately failed to disclose information about his family in Denmark. He only provided us with information about his deceased wife and his children,” she said. 

Bester added: “The reason we charge him with conspiracy to murder is because the deceased was killed in Lesotho and he managed to operate while in custody, and the phone calls that our witnesses received.”

Frederiksen’s lawyer Nthama Litabe argued that the accused had nothing to hide and no witness would be intimidated.

"No witness would be intimidated because other than the wife who passed away, no-one can speak in his favour," he said.

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