Danish man accused of removing women's genitals and freezing them faces jail

A Danish man accused of mutilating women in South Africa and storing their genitals in his freezer has been convicted of dozens of charges.

Peter Frederiksen was found guilty of 36 offences in the Free State High Court on Monday including producing child pornography, raping a minor and conspiracy to murder, local media reported.

Frederiksen, a gun shop owner in his 60s, pleaded not guilty to all charges. He will be sentenced at a later hearing.

Twenty charges related to the removal of human tissue were dropped as the court found that the law did not clearly specify what penalties should apply for the alleged crimes.

This photo taken on November 3, 2015 shows a general view of the Impala Arms shop, owned by Peter Frederiksen
This photo taken on November 3, 2015 shows a general view of the Impala Arms shop, owned by Peter Frederiksen
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Police discovered more than 10 pieces of frozen female genitalia at Frederiksen's Bloemfontein townhouse in September 2015.

His wife, 28-year-old Anna Matseliso Molise, was set to be the state's key witness but she was gunned down in October 2015 outside her house in Maseru, capital of neighbouring Lesotho.

"The accused is certainly not a man of high moral standing. He simultaneously married two women and was involved with people who believed in Satanism,” Judge Daffue told the court, according to IOL Africa.

South Africa has legislation prohibiting female circumcision, although it is not a common practise in the country.



Source: AFP - SBS Wires