Frederiksen did not mutilate women, he performed 'circumcisions' - defence

2016-07-26 15:06

Bloemfontein - Alleged genital mutilator Peter Frederiksen documented horrific scenes in his diary of him cutting women genitals, the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday. 

State witness and investigating officer Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn testified in the bail application that they had confiscated Frederiksen's diary during a raid at his home in Langenhoven Park in Bloemfontein. 

An extract from the diary read: "Tseli not happy, wants her clitoris back." 

Anna Matseliso "Tseli" Molise was Frederiksen's late wife.

Steyn also said in his diary, the Danish national recorded the names of the people whose genitals he had cut and the dates on which this had taken place. 

"He also took a video cutting female genitals - he did this at his home in Bloemfontein and not in hospital.

"We also found pornography photos of children aged 8 and 16 and CD DVD's. The photos are taken by the accused himself because we can see his fingers on women's tissues." 

Case not strong - lawyer

She said Molise was not present when the photos were taken. 

Steyn said they also found boxes of medication brought from Denmark in the freezer.

However, his lawyer Deon Pool said the word "circumcision" comes up repeatedly in Frederiksen's diary . 

"He never said mutilation, he said circumcision, and his wife was available during the circumcisions, which is common practice in Lesotho."

Earlier, Pool said the State's case against Frederiksen was not as strong as it had been presented to be.

Frederiksen had initially been facing 15 charges, however the charges have now increased to 59. 

Murdered wife would have been State witness

They include assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, possessing unregistered medicine, possessing unlicenced firearms, distributing and possessing child pornography, conspiracy to commit murder, and bigamy.

Frederiksen, 63, was arrested on September 17, 2015, after 21 clitorises were found in the freezer of his Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein, home.

He is also being investigated for the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Molise.

She was shot four times next to the gate of her house in Maseru, Lesotho, on October 20, 2015.

She would have been a key State witness in the case against her husband, the Hawks said at the time.

During previous court appearances, the State said Frederiksen allegedly hired wheelchair-bound Motlatsi Moqeti, 31, to have Molise killed. He allegedly had contacts in the criminal underworld.

Frederiksen told the court previously that he had learnt of his wife's death through the media. The State told the court that a witness and phone calls linked Moqeti to the killing. 

Guns, explosives, grenades seized

However, on June 12, the State withdrew charges against Moqeti in the Bloemfontein Regional Court. 

Prosecutor Amanda Bester did not give reasons for the withdrawal in court, however National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said there was insufficient evidence against Moqeti.

Moqeti remains in custody in relation to other matters. 

In May, the Hawks seized more than 1 600 firearms from Frederiksen's gun shop in Bloemfontein.

According to a police spokesperson, the firearms were confiscated on suspicion that Frederiksen might have used them for other crimes. About 75 firearms had no valid licences.

Explosives and hand grenades were also confiscated. 

The matter continues.

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