NSW body modifier jailed for seven years after woman died following snowflake implant

A body modifier convicted of manslaughter after a silicone snowflake he implanted into a young woman’s hands became infected, leading to her death, has been jailed for at least seven years and six months.

New South Wales district court judge Helen Syme on Monday sentenced Brendan Leigh Russell to a maximum 10 감옥에서 몇 년, saying he had shown no remorse, acceptance or taken any responsibility for his crimes.

She said Russell lacked the skills to perform the sometimes illegal procedures, which he did in unhygienic circumstances and without the required anaesthetic or medical after-care.

The 41-year-old was considered a “god” by one of his victims, 늙은 30, when she had the implantation procedure done in his NSW Central Coast parlour on 20 행진 2017.

의 위에 10 April he performed a second procedure on the woman, reopening the wound and repositioning the implant, stitching it back up despite blood and pus rushing out, and the dark discoloration of her hand.

He advised against seeing a medical practitioner, and to take painkillers instead.

“Had she taken urgent medical advice even at that time, she had a good prospect of survival,” the judge said.

“[있다] no other conclusion to draw other than his concern was not for her welfare but for himself, his reputation, and his business as a body modifier.”

“An unqualified and uninterested bystander could observe the degree of pain and infection [she was in] … It beggars belief the offender did not.”

On the evening of her death from sepsis stemming from the infection, Russell again told her not to worry and to take medication, and that he would see her the next day.

He was found guilty of her manslaughter, and at his sentence hearing in June his victim’s mother said she believed a monster was off the streets.

“My daughter is dead, [a child’s] mother is dead and yet Brendan Russell still has not shown the slightest remorse any time nor has he accepted any responsibility.

“If [she] was here she would say ‘I trusted him’.”

He was also found guilty of intentionally causing grievous bodily harm by performing a quasi-medical and “clearly dangerous” abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” on a 38-year-old woman in November 2016.

An hour after the woman returned home she awoke in agonising pain and was bleeding profusely.

The judge found he likely pierced her abdominal wall while “showing off mid-procedure” when he implanted the scalpel back into the wound.

The woman said she wished their paths had never crossed, and that she had not put her trust in a so-called professional, and so-called friend.

He was also sentenced for a third charge of female genital mutilation in Newcastle in January 2015, having used a branding iron in a procedure that left the woman unable to use tampons or wear underwear without discomfort.

He will first be eligible for parole on 14 행진 2029.

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