Extradition application for Australian paedophile to be heard next month

2016-09-27 12:50


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Cape Town - An Australian man convicted of sexually abusing eight Cape Town children will appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court next month.

News24 earlier erroneously reported that Anthony Peter Freedendal, wanted in Australia for evading his trial, was to appear in the dock on Tuesday.

His lawyer William Booth confirmed that the 76-year-old would appear on October 4.

Freedendal was arrested by Interpol in Pollsmoor prison last month, at the request of Australian authorities. His court appearance was part of an eventual extradition application.

According to the Hawks, he faces 15 charges of indecent assault, five of persistent sexual offences with a child, and four charges of sexual intercourse with a minor in Australia.

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

He was arrested, charged and sentenced in 2014 for sexual offences, reportedly involving three boys and five girls in Cape Town, who attended the same church as him. He would apparently invite them for sleepovers.

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