Bloemfontein – Alleged genital mutilator Peter Frederiksen used an anaesthetic drug not registered in South Africa, the Bloemfontein High Court heard on Friday.
State witness Paulina van Zyl, a pharmacologist at the University of the Free State, testified that Xylocaine, a topical anaesthetic, was not registered in South Africa.
The drug was found in Frederiksen’s house in Bloemfontein following his arrest on September 17, 2015. Several clitorises were found in his freezer.
The Danish citizen is facing 59 charges relating to illegally removing human tissue, producing and possessing child pornography, contravening the Firearms Control Act, and conspiring to have his wife Anna Molise killed. He owned a firearm shop in the city.
The court heard that Xylocaine is a schedule four drug. Importing it requires a special licence. One has to be a registered medical practitioner or pharmacist to get it.
Van Zyl said special precautions were needed when using the drug and it should not be utilised by a layman.
Before administering it, a patient’s medical history had to be considered. This would include what other medication they were on and if they had liver problems.
There was no conceivable reason for an ordinary citizen to have the drug for personal use, she said.
Cross-examining Van Zyl, Frederiksen’s lawyer submitted that the drug was not available in South Africa.
He said his instructions were that Frederiksen received informal training from two Danish doctors on how to use the drug for piercings.
Over the past 20 years, he had used it hundreds of times, without a single complication. Frederiksen had a prescription for the drug and declared the bottles of anaesthetic at OR Tambo International Airport.
The trial continues.