BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Sept. 22 (UPI) — South African authorities detained a Danish man after discovering up to 21 plastic bags containing surgically-removed female genitals in his freezer.
Peter Fredekrisen, 63, appeared in Bloemfontein Magistrate Court on Monday, issuing no plea. He faces charges including sexual assault, intimidation, domestic violence and breaking the country’s medical laws.
Police allege Fredekrisen, who owns two gun shops in the city of Bloemfontein, sedated his victims before operating on them.
“It comes down to mutilation of private parts of a woman, cut out and kept as trophies,” Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn said in a statement. “He’s been doing it for a long time because one the genitals were marked with a lady’s name, the place Lesotho written on it, as well as the year 2010.”
Fredekrisen was arrested last week following a tip-off, and police also found anesthetic drugs and surgical operating equipment in his home.
Authorities are seeking the alleged victims, most of whom they say came from Lesotho, in order to assist in the investigation.
According to the South African Police Service, Fredekrisen is wanted by police in Denmark for illegal firearms dealing.
He will be held in detention until his next court date on Sept. 28.