- Police discovered pieces of at least seven women’s genitals at his home
- Peter Frederiksen, a 63-year-old gun shop owner, was promptly arrested
- He is accused of mutilating several women and keeping their clitorises
- Frederiksen’s wife, Anna Matseliso Molise, was a key witness against him
- But she was gunned down last month outside her house in nearby Lesotho
- Suspected of links to her death, he is charged with conspiracy to murder
A Danish national accused of mutilating several women and keeping their removed clitorises in his freezer is also suspected of involvement in the killing of his wife.
Peter Frederiksen, a 63-year-old gun shop owner, was arrested in Bloemfontein two months ago after his wife Anna Matseliso Molise told police that he assaulted her and mutilated her genitals.
Molise, 28, was set to be the state’s key witness against Frederiksen before she was gunned down outside her house in Lesotho, a two-hour drive from Bloemfontein.
Peter Frederiksen was arrested in September after severed vaginas were found stored in his home freezer
But police have now added a conspiracy to murder charge against Frederiksen, who they believe to have links to his wife’s killing.
Hangwani Mulaudzi, a police spokesman, confirmed he now faces charges of conspiracy to murder, as well as three counts of assault, bigamy, and production and distribution of child pornography.
His wife, with whom Frederiksen had two children, had originally told police she was drugged with laced champagne when she was mutilated.
When police searched Frederiksen’s modest townhouse in Bloemfontein, they discovered more than 10 frozen pieces from the genitals of seven women, as well as pornographic photographs of children, investigators said.
Frederiksen, who has yet to enter a plea, appeared at Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court two days ago for a bail hearing that was adjourned until next Thursday.
Police have issued an appeal for Frederiksen’s alleged victims to come forward. However, no one has been arrested for the murder of his wife.
Pictured is the modest brick home of Frederiksen in Bloemfontein, where he is alleged to have kept pieces of women’s genitals in his freezer
His diaries from 2004 recounting genital mutilation on women were also found, along with anaesthetic drugs, surgical equipment, and two pieces of dried female genitals hung on a hook.
Frederiksen yesterday sat alert in the dock at the Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court with his arms across his chest and his ankles bound by a chain.
Judge Marlene Marais ruled that, in terms of granting bail, Frederiksen’s case came under the same category as murder and rape.
He also faces charges in connection with the illegal removal of human tissue.
Joyce Davids, African National Congress Women’s League
Frederiksen, who has yet to enter a plea, declined to talk to the press, but his attorney Luthando Tshangana said: ‘We are confident that he still has the possibility of getting bail’.
The court’s public gallery was packed with members of the African National Congress Women’s League, the ruling ANC party’s women’s wing.
‘We are here to make sure justice is served,’ said Joyce Davids. ‘This is not a traditional practice, none of us went through this process.
‘If it was a cultural thing a black man would be doing it, not a man from Denmark… I hope he rots in jail.’
The state on Thursday attempted to show he should be denied bail, arguing that he was in South Africa on fraudulent documents.
Frederiksen, who in the past pleaded guilty to illegally transporting elephant tusks, is expected to take the witness stand on Thursday to make his case for bail, a member of his legal team told AFP.
The small courtroom was patrolled by police carrying automatic rifles and wearing bullet-proof vests.
South Africa has legislation prohibiting female circumcision, although it is not a widespread practise in the country, according to UNICEF.
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