Body modifier planned to have wisdom teeth operated on client after watching dentistry YouTube clips
Body modifier stayed up all night watching YouTube clips for dentistry before planning to remove a ‘nervous girl’ wisdom teeth – after a separate woman died from an alleged plastic snowflake stuck in her hand
- Brendan Leigh Russell told his colleague he had watched dentistry clips on YouTube
- The body modifier planned to remove a young girl’s wisdom teeth
- Russell convinced ‘nervous young girl’ he could perform the procedure
- Colleague Lawrence O’Neil told Russell and patient he didn’t know how to do it
- Mr O’Neil said he needed to talk Russell out of ‘lots of procedures and surgeries’
- Russell is on trial for procedures that would have maimed or killed his patients
A body modifier on trial for procedures that allegedly mutilated or killed his patients was said to remove the wisdom teeth of a “nervous young girl,” a NSW judge has heard.
Lawrence O’Neil recalled asking colleague Brendan Leigh Russell one morning what was scheduled for the day and Russell stated, “I do dentistry.”
“Some girl asked to have her teeth pulled. I’ve been watching YouTube all night to learn how to do it,” Russell said, according to the hairdresser.
The conversation, set out in O’Neil’s statement to police, was read Monday in the Sydney court, where Russell is on trial for manslaughter, intentionally causing grievous bodily harm and genital mutilation.
A NSW judge heard Brendan Leigh Russell (pictured) had to be persuaded to remove a young girl’s wisdom teeth after telling his colleague he watched dentistry tutorials on YouTube to do it
He pleaded guilty to each of the charges, which relate to changes made on three different women between 2015 and 2017.
Mr O’Neil, who outsourced space in Russell’s Transitions salon in a Central Coast shopping center, said he needed to talk the body modifier out of “a lot of surgeries and procedures.”
When told about the dental plan, Mr. O’Neil said “you don’t know what you’re doing” and told the woman the same words when she arrived.
“The client was a nervous young girl. They were all. I can’t remember her name,” his police statement said.
“Brendan has convinced her that he can do it. She believed him. Her back molars just grew wrong.’
Mr O’Neil denied suggestions from Russell’s lawyer that the body modifier had in fact agreed to “check” her “inflamed” wisdom teeth and that Mr O’Neil had expressed no concern.
“I think the wording of ‘checking’ and ‘looking at’ should be changed to ‘removal,'” he said.
He agreed that Russell did not remove any of the woman’s teeth.
Russell’s manslaughter charge concerns a woman who became septic shortly after Russell implanted a plastic snowflake in her hand.
Mr O’Neil, who like Russell was close to the deceased woman, says she complained of migraines and infection before her death.
“I believe her only contact (for medical advice) was Brendan,” he said.
The woman trusted Russell and “never said bad things” about him, even though Mr. O’Neil did.
On the way to the woman’s funeral, the hairdresser said Russell was trying to convince him that the woman’s death was caused by an overdose of drugs supplied by neighbors.
“He told me that…they gave her some meds for migraines and she seemed clear when she came in (to) make her hand blush, she looked drugged or something,” he told the court.
Tattoo artist David Olteanu also recalled Russell’s overdose theory suggested by Russell the morning the woman’s body was found.
Russell (pictured) is currently on trial for manslaughter, willful grievous bodily harm and genital mutilation
Russell told Transition staff that he had spoken to the woman several times the night before and that she appeared “drunk or intoxicated.”
“(He said) she told him her hand was painful but he spoke that down, he didn’t say too much about that, she seemed to him she was off her face,” Mr Olteanu told the court on Monday.
“There weren’t many in-depth conversations about her hand because he told everyone it was a drug overdose.”
Mr. Olteanu said he had seen the woman in the salon days before talking about her migraines and pain, and had heard Russell advise that she should take painkillers “and see how it went.”
The trial continues before Judge Helen Syme, without jury and via video link.