A body modifier convicted of manslaughter after becoming infected with a silicone snowflake he implanted in a young woman’s hands has been sentenced to a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Judge Helen Syme on Monday in the NSW District Court sentenced Brendan Leigh Russell to a minimum of seven years and six months in prison without parole and said he never showed remorse, acceptance or responsibility for his client’s death.
Judge Syme said Russell lacked the ability to conduct sometimes illegal procedures in unsanitary circumstances and without the necessary anesthesia or medical follow-up.
The 41-year-old was seen as a “god” by one of his victims aged 30 when she had the implantation procedure performed at his NSW Central Coast salon on March 20, 2017.
Judge Helen Syme said Brendan Leigh Russell (above) lacked the ability to conduct sometimes illegal procedures in unsanitary circumstances
On April 10, he performed a second procedure on the woman, reopening the wound, repositioning the implant and sewing it back together, although blood and pus was pouring out and her hand was darkly discolored.
He advised against seeing a doctor and instead taking painkillers.
“If she had urgently sought medical advice at the time, she had a good chance of survival,” said the judge.
“(There is) no other conclusion to draw than that he didn’t care about her welfare but about himself, his reputation and his business as a body modifier.”
An unqualified and uninterested onlooker could observe the extent of the pain and infection (that she was in)… It’s unbelievable that the perpetrator didn’t do this.
On the evening of her death from sepsis caused by the infection, Russell again told her not to worry and take medication and that he would see her the next day.
He was found guilty of manslaughter and at his sentencing hearing in June, his victim’s mother said she believed a monster had disappeared from the street.
“My daughter is dead, the mother (of a child) is dead, and yet at no time has Brendan Russell shown the slightest remorse, nor has he accepted any responsibility.
‘If (she) were here, she would say ‘I trusted him’.’
The woman died after Mr. Russell implanted a plastic snowflake in her hand and became infected
He was also found guilty of willfully causing grievous bodily harm to a 38-year-old woman by performing a quasi-medical and “clearly dangerous” tummy tuck, or “tummy tuck,” in November 2016.
An hour after the woman returned home, she woke up in excruciating pain and bleeding profusely.
The judge determined that he likely pierced her abdominal wall while “showing off mid-procedure” as he reinserted the scalpel into the wound.
The victim’s hand turned black and she told her brother it was “the worst pain she’s ever faced,” a court heard (pictured the implanted snowflake).
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 convicted in Newcastle in January 2015 on a third charge of female genital mutilation after using a branding iron in a procedure that left the woman unable to use tampons or wear underwear without discomfort.
Defense Counsel Mark Tedeschi QC indicated that consent was an extremely important feature for the judge to consider.
The judge approved the charge of manslaughter and aggravated assault. The approval was due to the victim’s belief that Russell would safely conduct the procedures.
“His hubris drove the confidence that led to the approval.”
He will be eligible for parole for the first time on March 14, 2029.
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