Woman was ‘obsessed with ‘cult-like body modifier’ before dying ‘from implant’

A friend tried to warn his friends about a “cult-like” body modifier she was seeing was before she died, a court has been told.

The woman, from New South Wales, 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 September 16.

Russell, known by the moniker Bslice Dot Com, had performed a number of procedures on her, including heart implantation on her finger, and the stretching of her inner ear, the Australian Associated Press reports.

However, other modifications, such as her nipple reconstruction and a sub-dermal implant, were “not her idea”, the victim's friend claims.

Her friend claimed to have seen videos and photographs of Russell’s tongue splitting, scarification, and eyeball tattooing among other methods appeared “dangerous” and he reported Russell to the police to protect people from further harm.

The woman allegedly cut all ties with her friend after he had tried to warn her.

The Crown says she died from septicaemia following the snowflake implantation in her hand, but the defence disputes this.

Defence lawyer Michal Mantaj branded the friend's evidence as slander from him claiming that he made up most of it.

The court was earlier told that a woman who received a “tummy tuck” from Russell was left in “extreme pain” and needing significant medical intervention to correct his work.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charges of her manslaughter and to female genital mutilation related to another woman he operated on in 2015 and 2017.

The 40-year-old also denies intentionally causing grievous bodily harm to another woman in the back of his workplace Transition at Erina Fair Shopping Centre in November 2016.

The trial continues.

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