76-year-old man arrested in Pollsmoor for sex crimes in Australia

2016-08-31 13:14
Pollsmoor Prison (Supplied)

Pollsmoor Prison (Supplied)

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Cape Town - It was not immediately clear how a 76-year-old man accused of sexual assault in Australia managed to skip bail and enter South Africa, only to commit similar crimes here, the Hawks said on Wednesday.

This was after Anthony Peter Freedendal was arrested in Pollsmoor Prison at the request of Australian authorities.

Hawks spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Robert Netshiunda said Freedendal had appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court last Thursday, following a request for his arrest by Australian authorities earlier in August.

He faces 15 cases of indecent assault, five charges of persistent sexual offences with a child, and four cases of sexual intercourse with a minor in Australia, said a statement from Netshiunda.

He explained that Freedendal had been released on bail in Australia and had travelled to Cape Town in 2011, and had not gone back to Australia to face trial.

In 2014, then living in Sea Point, Cape Town, he was arrested, charged and sentenced after he was found guilty of sexual offences.

Now the 76-year-old has been arrested by Interpol and his court appearance last week was part of an eventual extradition application.

Independent Online reported that he was imprisoned in South Africa for sexually abusing three boys and five girls in Cape Town. He attended the same church as the victims, and would invite them for sleepovers.

Netshiunda said it was too soon to know more details of how he got into South Africa with a case pending against him, but this would probably come out during the eventual extradition application.

For now, he was only under arrest and being kept in custody, pending the arrival of the extradition application.

He would return to court on October 4.

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