Dan­ish mu­ti­la­tor sui­ci­dal

Afro Voice (Free State) - - FRONT PAGE - MICHAEL TLHAKUDI michaelt@the­newage.co.za

THE Free State High Court has heard of the frag­ile men­tal and phys­i­cal sta­tus of con­victed Dan­ish mu­ti­la­tor Peter Fred­erik­sen.

The court heard how the sui­ci­dal man has con­fided in the nurs­ing staff at the Grootvlei prison.

Fred­er­ick­sen has been found guilty on 36 charges in­clud­ing rape, pos­ses­sion and pro­duc­tion of child pornog­ra­phy, as­sault, fraud and mur­der.

Grootvlei’s nurs­ing op­er­a­tional man­ager Nombeko Taitai-Sonti said Fred­erik­sen had hinted to them that he wanted to take his life.

She said although Fred­erik­sen had not at­tempted sui­cide as yet, he had said that he was con­tem­plat­ing com­mit­ting sui­cide.

“We have not taken the claims lightly, that’s why we re­ferred him to the psy­chol­o­gist to have ses­sions with him,” Taitai-Sonti said.

The nurse said Fred­erik­sen was also de­pressed be­cause he had hy­per­ten­sion.

“He is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment but is un­der con­trol,” she said.

She said he was also show­ing signs of depression although this was not un­usual in per­sons who had been con­victed.

Taitai-Sonti said Fred­erik­sen was be­ing mon­i­tored 24 hours a day.

Ear­lier in the day, Jo­hannes van der Merwe, man­ager at the cor­rec­tional ser­vices depart­ment of so­cial ser­vices, said Fred­erik­sen should be given a life sen­tence be­cause he did not show any re­morse for his ac­tions and was a dan­ger to so­ci­ety.

He said in a re­port read out in court that Fred­erik­sen had to be re­moved from so­ci­ety and be jailed for a long time. Van der Merwe also said that Fred­erik­sen’s age and per­sonal cir­cum­stances could not be used as rea­sons for mov­ing away from a lengthy sen­tence. His lawyer Mar­ius Bruwer ar­gued for a lesser sen­tence.

Bruwer said due to his frag­ile men­tal sta­tus his client should get a lesser sen­tence for his crimes.

Bruwer said Fred­erik­sen was a 66 year old who was still needed by his chil­dren. He ar­gued that the man who har­boured sev­eral fe­male gen­i­talia in his home freezer de­served a lighter sen­tence and a chance to spend time with his chil­dren.

Con­versely, state prose­cu­tor Amanda Bester said for his crimes, Fred­erik­sen did not be­long out­side and should spend the rest of his life in prison.

She said Fred­erik­sen’s de­ci­sion to con­spire to mur­der his wife, Mat­sil­iso Molise, was not im­pul­sive.

In her sub­mis­sions, Bester said that Fred­erik­sen planned it and he gave in­struc­tions for Molise to be mur­dered.

Bester is ask­ing for life in prison on this charge.

Fred­erik­sen made head­lines in Septem­ber 2015 af­ter hu­man tis­sue of women were found in his home.

He was also found guilty of mur­der­ing his wife, Molise, in Maseru, Le­sotho, in Oc­to­ber 2015

The court ear­lier ac­quit­ted him on 20 of the 58 charges he faced. These charges dealt ex­plic­itly with the hu­man tis­sue found in the freezer.

The judge held that the Na­tional Health Act does not make the re­moval of hu­man tis­sue (cli­torises) with­out the per­son’s per­mis­sion il­le­gal.

Judge Jo­hann Daf­fue also found Fred­erik­sen guilty on a count of con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, in­flu­enc­ing a state wit­ness and var­i­ous con­tra­ven­tions of the Firearms Con­trol Act.

The sen­tenc­ing that is ex­pected to last un­til Fri­day con­tin­ues again this morn­ing.

NO ROOM FOR SYM­PA­THY: De­spite hear­ing de­tails of the frail men­tal and emo­tional state of con­victed Peter Fred­erik­sen, the state has main­tained that the Dan­ish na­tional serve a life sen­tence for his crimes.

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