American body modifier, 40, is arrested over the genital mutilation of a woman, 33, at a tattoo parlour after landing in Australia on a flight from San Francisco
- Police are seeking to extradite tattooist and body modifier to New South Wales
- The 40-year-old was arrested as got off flight from San Francisco in Melbourne
- He is wanted over the alleged genital mutilation of a woman, 33, in Newcastle
- Brendan Russell, 37, was arrested and charged over the alleged incident in May
An American tattooist and body modifier has been arrested over alleged female genital mutilation.
Police took the 40-year-old into custody after he got off a flight from San Francisco at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport early on Thursday morning.
The man was wanted over the alleged genital mutilation of a 33-year-old woman at a Newcastle West tattoo parlour on January 5, 2016.
An American tattooist and body modifier has been arrested over alleged female genital mutilation (pictured is Brendan Russell, left, who was charged over the incident in May)
A snowflake implant similar to the one pictured above Brendan Russell put in a 30-year-old mother’s hand allegedly caused a fatal infection
Detectives from the New South Wales Central Coast are seeking to extradite the American man, who was apprehended on an interstate warrant.
Strike Force Nellievale was formed to investigate a series of alleged illegal body modification procedures in Newcastle and the Central Coast.
In May a second body modifier, 37-year-old Brendan Russell, was arrested and charged by officers with Strike Force Nellievale over the incident.
Mr Russell is accused of burning off part of the woman’s labia major with a branding iron, and has already appeared in court on genital mutilation charges.
The former owner of Erina tattoo parlour Transition Studio has also been charged with manslaughter over a different procedure in 2017.
A snowflake implant he put in a 30-year-old mother’s hand allegedly caused a fatal infection.
Body modification is not legislated in New South Wales, but members of the ‘skin penetration’ industry are required to follow public health regulations.
In May a second body modifier, 37-year-old Brendan Russell (pictured), was arrested and charged by officers with Strike Force Nellievale over the incident
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