Paedo to fight ex­tra­di­tion

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - FA­TIMA SCHROEDER

CON­VICTED pae­dophile An­thony Peter Free­den­dal, who faces 24 child sex charges in his home coun­try, Aus­tralia, will spend the fes­tive sea­son fight­ing an ap­pli­ca­tion for his ex­tra­di­tion.

In the days lead­ing up to Christ­mas, pros­e­cut­ing au­thor­i­ties will set out to prove to the Wyn­berg Mag­is­trate’s Court that Free­den­dal should be sent back to Port Lin­coln in South Aus­tralia to face the mu­sic there.

But his at­tor­ney, Wil­liam Booth, is ex­pected to put up fierce op­po­si­tion.

The ba­sis for his op­po­si­tion to the ap­pli­ca­tion has not been di­vulged.

Free­den­dal is be­ing sought in con­nec­tion with charges of in­de­cent as­sault, per­sis­tent sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a child and un­law­ful sex­ual in­ter­course.

The of­fences date back 17 years, and were al­legedly com­mit­ted from June 1999 to Jan­uary 2003.

The al­leged vic­tims were aged from seven to 11, and in­cluded a nine-year-old in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled girl, a sev­enyear-old boy, a girl who was al­legedly abused from the age of eight to 11, and four other girls.

Doc­u­ments be­fore the court show he faces five life terms plus 150 years be­hind bars in Aus­tralia if he is con­victed.

Free­den­dal was ar­rested in July 2011. He was al­lowed to visit South Africa on con­di­tion he re­turn by Novem­ber 21 that year. He never re­turned. While in Cape Town, he was ar­rested and charged with the sex­ual abuse of eight lo­cal chil­dren.

A plea and sen­tenc­ing agree­ment saw him sen­tenced to five years in jail in terms of Sec­tion 276(1)(i) of the Crim­i­nal Pro­ce­dure Act, which meant he only had to serve 10 months, then the re­main­der un­der cor­rec­tional su­per­vi­sion. He has made sev­eral ap­pear­ances be­fore the pa­role board since reach­ing that 10-month mark, and in July the board con­firmed his re­lease date for Au­gust 5.

But his re­lease was halted af­ter the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment re­quested his pro­vi­sional ar­rest.

fa­tima.schroeder@inl.co.za

An­thony Free­den­dal

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