'Clitoris collector' witness testifies in camera

2015-11-05 14:14
Peter Frederiksen. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

Peter Frederiksen. (Jeanette Chabalala, News24)

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Bloemfontein - The media was not allowed in court on Thursday for the testimony of a second witness in the bail hearing of a Danish man, Peter Frederiksen, accused of collecting clitorises.

Prosecutor Amanda Bester requested that the hearing be held in camera in the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court and the defence had no objection. The magistrate ordered the media and public out of the gallery.

News24 was told that witnesses received threats before testifying, but this could not immediately be verified.

The public gallery was packed again with members of the ANC Women's League on Thursday.

- Read more: 'Genital mutilator' must rot in jail - ANCWL

Frederiksen, 63, appeared amidst a heavy police presence.

He has been charged with sexual assault, as well as crimes under sections of Medicines Act, after 21 clitorises were found in his freezer.

The State is also expected to add new charges, which include manufacturing of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography and two counts of conspiracy to murder and bigamy.

Frederiksen, whose case has made international headlines, allegedly sliced off the sexual organs and kept them in the freezer as trophies.

Last month, his wife, Anna Matseliso Molise, 28, who assisted the police with information about him, was shot dead in her home country of Lesotho, in what the Hawks described as a hit.

Molisi reportedly refused to be placed in a witness protection programme.

The hearing continues.

Read more about female genital mutilation here:

- FGM - the causes, effects and plans to combat it

- Clitorises of victims who've been mutilated to be repaired

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