Dane accused of FGM gets two life terms in South Africa

A Danish gun shop owner in South Africa initially accused of storing women's genitals in a freezer was handed two life sentences Thursday for raping a child and conspiracy to murder.

Dane accused of FGM gets two life terms in South Africa
Peter Frederiksen looks on as he appears in the Bloemfontein High court on March 13th, 2018. Photo: AFP/CHARL DEVENISH/Ritzau Scanpix

Peter Frederiksen, 65, was found guilty of 36 offences in the Free State High Court on November 6th, including production of child pornography.

On Thursday, a judge told him he would be removed “permanently” from society.

He received the life sentences for the rape of the child and the murder of his wife, plus other prison terms totalling more than 40 years.

Judge Johann Daffue said that such a serious custodial sentence “must not be imposed lightly”, ruling that the murder of his wife “was pre-meditated and planned”.

“You were the general and you orchestrated the murder,” Daffue added.

The sentencing hearing was attended by many women and children, whom Daffue described as “vulnerable members of our society”.

“They, in particular, must be protected against person like you,” he said. “You must be removed permanently from society”.

Frederiksen had pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Twenty initial charges — later dropped — related to his alleged removal of clitorises which he reportedly kept in a freezer.

Those charges were discontinued as the court found that the law did not specify what penalties should apply for such alleged actions.

Detectives discovered more than 10 pieces of frozen female genitalia at Frederiksen's Bloemfontein home in September 2015.

Frederiksen's wife, 28-year-old Anna Matseliso Molise, was due to be the key prosecution witness but was shot dead in October 2015 outside her house in Maseru, in neighbouring Lesotho.

South Africa has legislation prohibiting female genital mutilation, although it is not a common practice in the country.

Following the sentencing, Frederiksen apologised to the family of his late wife, his family in Denmark as well as to South Africans.

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Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

A 31-year-old female domestic helper is suspected of having stolen cash and jewellery from elderly citizens and withdrawn money from their Dankorts in the amount of over 50,000 kroner.

Domestic helper suspected of stealing valuables and cash from older adults in Copenhagen

The woman was arrested on Saturday and charged with theft and information fraud. There are ten victims in the case.

The police suspect the woman of having stolen from citizens whose homes she has visited as part of her work as a domestic worker in various places in Copenhagen.

“She has worked as a domestic helper and has been in people’s homes as an employee,” Bjarke Dalsgaard, deputy police inspector at Copenhagen police, said.

According to the police, the woman has stolen jewellery and cash on ten occasions. In addition, she has stolen debit cards in four cases and withdrawn money using them. The money that has been withdrawn alone adds up to a value of 52,000 kroner.

Copenhagen police received the first report of theft in the case at the beginning of 2022.

According to the police, the 31-year-old domestic helper admitted to one instance of crime (the theft of around 400 kroner) but pleaded not guilty regarding the remaining 13.