The South African Police have found more proofs against the alleged genital mutilator, Peter Frederiksen who was arraigned in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court last year.
According to a police report, mementos including women underwears and pubic hairs of his victims were found in the alleged mutilator’s house.
Lead investigator Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn, who took the witness stand for the second time on Monday after initially testifying during a trial-within-a-trial in Frederiksen’s case, told the court they went into Peter Frederiksen bedroom where they discovered cameras, photographs, some female panties and strands of pubic hair kept in several packages.
In the separate room, the police also found bottles of wines corks with dates and names of people believed to be victims of his dreadful acts.
Other names and dates were also attached to champagne corks, which were presented in court as exhibits.
“The pubic hair bags were found in different places in the bedroom,” said Steyn, who was with the police priority crime investigating unit, the Hawks.
“We also found bandages, numerous medical instruments, medical equipment and rings we believe were used for the piercing (of private parts), and there was also a vibrator,” added Steyn.
The court has ordered that names of the alleged victims should not be published.
Steyn, however, said that more female panties were found in a safe in the bedroom where firearms were stored after one of Frederiksen’s former employees stumbled upon them. The former employee has been lined up as a State witness.
The news about the latest finding at Peter Frederiksen’s house comes at the time concerns are being raised at the rising cases of cannibalism across the country.
On Monday, August 28, five alleged human eaters were arraigned before the Estcourt Magistrate Court after human parts were discovered in their possession.
The five were arrested a while after a traditional healer handed himself over to police confessing that he was tired of eating human flesh. Some of the alleged cannibals confessed that the human parts were collected for sale to their customers.
Meanwhile, Peter Frederiksen’s lawyer Marius Bruwer has asked Steyn if any complainants had come forward to claim that they had been sexually violated by Frederiksen when he severed their genitals.
In reply, she said: “The people we approached were too scared. They did not want to testify,”
To which Bruwer responded: “It is our instruction from the accused that all circumcisions were consensual”
Steyn disagreed: “Tshidi said she didn’t consent to it the accused bragged that he had connections at Bainsvlei police station.”
Taking the witness stand earlier, Thuthuzela Care Centre forensic nurse Sister Mokoena confirmed the cutting of the clitoris of Frederiksen’s late wife, Anna Matseliso Molise.
Dr JM Kotze, who examined a minor who reported being sexually abused by Frederiksen, confirmed there could have been attempted penetration as the hymen was thinner than normal.
Peter Frederiksen was arrested on September 2015 after the Hawks searched his house following a tip-off from a member of the public. The investigative body had at the time found a plastic bag in a locked deep freezer containing 21 clitorises packed in small plastic bags.
He is facing a total of 58 charges, including conspiracy to commit murder, several counts of illegally removing human tissue, removing human tissue in an unauthorised place, rape, and the conveyance and possession of unregistered medicine after he was found with several bottles of Xylocain, a local anaesthetic, in an injectable form not available in South Africa. He is also charged with illegally dealing in firearms.