How a concerned partner of an ‘obsessed’ woman warned her that a ‘cult-like’ body modifier was ‘dangerous’ before dying from an alleged plastic snowflake stabbed in her hand
- Brendan Leigh Russell, 40, fronts NSW District Court over woman’s death
- Body modifier known as Bslice Dot Com performed various surgical procedures
- Woman reportedly died of blood poisoning from a snowflake implant in her hand
- But the body modifier defense denies this claim of the prosecution
- Russell pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and female genital mutilation
A man told his friend that the ‘cult-like’ NSW body modifier she saw was ‘dangerous’ before dying from his alleged plastic implantation into her skin, a court has told.
The woman had become obsessed and sexually attracted to Brendan Leigh Russell and had slept with him at least once, the NSW District Court was told on Thursday.
Russell, known by the nickname Bslice Dot Com, had a number of procedures performed on her, including a heart implant on her finger and the stretching of her inner ear, her piercing friend said.
Body modifier Brendan Leigh Russell, aka Bslice Dot Com (pictured), has pleaded not guilty to the charges of her manslaughter and female genital mutilation in connection with another woman he operated on
But others, like her nipple reconstruction and a subdermal implant, were “not her idea,” he said.
The Crown says she died of blood poisoning after the implantation of a snowflake in her hand, but the defense disputes this.
Russell pleaded not guilty to the charges of manslaughter and female genital mutilation related to another woman he operated on in 2015 and 2017.
The 40-year-old also denies intentionally inflicting grievous bodily harm to another woman in the back of his Transition workplace at the Erina Fair Shopping Center in November 2016.
Each woman’s identity has been withheld by the court
A woman reportedly died of blood poisoning after the implantation of a snowflake in her hand performed by Mr Russell (pictured)
Videos and photos of Russell’s tongue splitting, scarring and eyeball tattooing, among other methods, appeared “dangerous” to the friend, and he approached health authorities and police.
“To prevent anyone from being seriously injured,” he said.
He also dedicated an anonymous social media page to draw attention to Russell’s “reckless disregard for the safety of his customers.”
“Brendan had a cult-like following, and I think those who were (against him) were targeted.”
He regularly shared these concerns with his friend, but she was very confident in Russell’s skills and “trusted him completely,” he said.
“Have you had any further contact with her after raising those concerns?” Crown Prosecutor Chris Taylor asked.
A man told his friend that the ‘cult-like’ body modifier (pictured) she saw was ‘dangerous’ before she died of his alleged plastic implantation in her skin, the NSW District Court heard
“No, after that she cut all ties with me,” he said about a year before she died.
Defense attorney Michal Mantaj said his client’s competitor in the industry was angry at alleged online defamation by him, and that he fabricated much of his evidence.
But the friend denied this.
Senior health officer Kerry Spratt told the court she visited Russell at work in October 2016 after a number of complaints.
“He said a lot of people came in to have him fix procedures that doctors had messed up…
He felt agitated by the conversation he left, but returned 15 minutes later and was given printed material from NSW Health on infection control.
But Russell said he’d seen all the information before and taken a relevant course, she said.
The court had previously been told that a woman who had received a “tummy tuck” from Russell was in “extreme pain” and required significant medical intervention to correct his work.
A registered nurse friend of the woman said she saw her grimacing in bed after the procedure.
“She didn’t look good at all,” she said.
The emergency nurse described the bruised wound oozing with yellow bloody pus and urged her to go to hospital immediately.
The judge-only trial continues.