Lawyer re­quests Fred­erik­sen be dis­charged

The New Age (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI news@the­newage.co.za

AL­LEGED Dan­ish mu­ti­la­tor Peter Fred­erik­sen’s de­fence lawyer has asked for his client to be dis­charged.

Ar­gu­ing the case in the Free State High Court yes­ter­day, Fred­erik­sen’s lawyer, Mar­ius Bruwer, said there were sev­eral in­con­clu­sive mat­ters in the case.

He said that their ap­pli­ca­tion would buy some time to work on other as­pects of the case. The case was yes­ter­day post­poned to Oc­to­ber 11.

The state on Wed­nes­day closed its case, in­di­cat­ing it was sat­is­fied with the num­ber of wit­nesses it had called and was con­fi­dent that their tes­ti­mony would war­rant con­vic­tion.

State pros­e­cu­tor Amanda Bester said she was sure her wit­nesses would help win the case and it was not nec­es­sary to call more wit­nesses.

Fred­erik­sen, who is ex­pected to take the stand when the case re­sumes, was for the first time since the case be­gun, look­ing con­fi­dent and up­beat.

He was seen smil­ing and shar­ing jokes with his in­ter­preter.

The de­fence is ex­pected to call more wit­nesses when the case re­sumes.

He was ar­rested on Septem­ber 2015 af­ter 21 cli­torises were found in a freezer at his home in Lan­gen­hoven Park, Bloemfontein.

Other charges against him re­late to the death of his wife, 28-year-old Mat­seliso Molise, who was shot four times in her house in Maseru, Le­sotho, on Oc­to­ber 20, 2015, al­legedly by men hired by the ac­cused.

Fur­ther charges in­clude fraud, con­tra­ven­ing firearm leg­is­la­tion, child pornog­ra­phy and at­tempted mur­der.

Co-ac­cused Mot­latsi Mo­qeti had testi- fied that Fred­erik­sen mas­ter­minded the hit on Molise.

Fred­erik­sen’s wife was to be the state’s star wit­ness in the case.

Her sis­ter, Lim­pho Molise, also tes­ti­fied that Fred­erik­sen once of­fered to cut her cl­i­toris.

She also tes­ti­fied that her late sis­ter told her that Fred­erik­sen pierced her pri­vate parts and she was dis­tressed over the in­ci­dent.

She has told the court that on sev­eral oc­ca­sions fol­low­ing her sis­ter’s killing, Fred­erik­sen reached out to her, of­fer­ing her and her chil­dren a place to stay.

The Hawks raided Fred­erik­sen’s gun shop in Bloemfontein and seized more than 1 600 firearms.

Peter Fred­erik­sen

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