Body Modifier Accused of Genital Mutilation Appears In Court

A NSW body modifier has appeared in court, charged with mutilating the genitals of a female client.

What you need to know
  • Body modifier Brendan Russell, 37, has fronted Gosford court for the first time since being charged
  • Police allege Russell mutilated the genitals of a client when she asked to have a procedure done
  • New bizarre details of the case have emerged in court papers

A NSW tattoo shop owner and body modifier has appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time, accused of mutilating a woman’s genitals.

Brendan Russell, 37, appeared very briefly in Gosford Local Court and refused to speak to waiting media outside court.

His case was quickly adjourned, but his court papers revealed new details about the bizarre case.

Police will allege Russell burned off part of the 33-year-old woman’s genitals with a branding iron at a business in Newcastle West, sometime in 2016.

It’s alleged the woman asked the body modifier to perform a procedure on her before making a complaint, which led to a police investigation.

Detectives previously searched Russell’s Terrigal home and his business at Erina Fair.

Russell has travelled the world as a body modifier, but his strict bail conditions now prevent him from performing any procedures or leaving the country.

He is also under a strict curfew and prevented from having any contact with his alleged victim.

Russell lists the services he offers on his Facebook page, including anything from advanced piercing to finger magnet implants and tongue splitting.

Police say he's not a qualified medical practitioner.

He will appear again in Gosford Local Court in July.