Lawyer requests Frederiksen be discharged
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.