Bloemfontein - The State has withdrawn charges against alleged clitoris collector Peter Frederiksen's co-accused Motlatsi Moqeti in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Amanda Bester did not give reasons for the withdrawal in court, however National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Phaladi Shuping said there was insufficient evidence that linked Moqeti to the case.
Moqeti remains in custody in relation to other matters.
Frederiksen's case was transferred to the High Court for a pre-trial conference on August 26.
His new lawyer, Advocate Deon Pool said they would also apply for bail on July 26 based on new facts.
Frederiksen, 63, was arrested on September 17 2015, after 21 clitorises were found in the freezer of his Langenhoven Park, Bloemfontein home.
Key witness killed
He faces charges including assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm, possessing unregistered medicine, possessing unlicensed firearms, distributing and possessing child pornography, conspiracy to murder, and bigamy.
He is also being investigated for the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anna Matseliso 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 the wheelchair-bound Moqeti, 31, to have Molise killed. He allegedly had contacts in the criminal underworld.
Frederiksen told the court previously that he 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.
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.