'Clitoris collector' says it's unfair he can't use phone in prison

2016-01-13 14:20

Bloemfontein – It was not fair that he could not make phone calls from prison, genital mutilator accused Peter Frederiksen's lawyer told the Bloemfontein Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

Since he was moved to Johannesburg Prison for safety reasons, he had been denied phone access, his lawyer Luthando Tshangana told the court.

In November last year, the State told the court that Frederiksen made phone calls while he was being detained, allegedly to threaten witnesses. 

A witness and phone call records had allegedly linked his wheelchair-bound co-accused Motlatsi Moqeti, 31, to the killing of Frederiksen's 28-year-old wife Anna Matseliso Molise.

"I understand there is an issue with life-threatening stories, but at the end of the day the accused has a right to a phone call," he said. 

He asked the court to transfer Frederiksen to Grootvlei Prison in Bloemfontein so that his family and colleagues could visit him.  

Prosecutor Amanda Bester said they had transferred Frederiksen to Johannesburg for security reasons.  

She said they had found Moqeti with two cellphones, which put the prosecution's lives in danger.   

"Our lives are also in danger because he [Frederiksen] can make phone calls from prison," she said.  

Magistrate Paula Berry said correctional services needed to decide if Frederiksen should be transferred.

Frederiksen, 63, has been charged with assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, conspiracy to murder, bigamy, and manufacturing, distributing and possessing child pornography.

He is also accused of conspiring to kill Molise. Moqeti allegedly helped him arrange the hit.

Molise would have been a key State witness in the case against her husband. She was shot four times next to the gate of her house in Maseru, Lesotho, on Tuesday October 20, last year.

Frederiksen, who owned a gun shop in Bloemfontein, was arrested in his Langenhoven Park home the previous month.

A total of 21 packages with women's clitorises were found in his freezer, as well as surgical equipment and photographs of female genitalia.

The matter was postponed to February 26 for a trial date to be set.   

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