Body modifier arrested after woman dies from infection

A MAN has been arrested over the death of a woman, who allegedly underwent body modification surgery at his Central Coast tattoo shop last year.

The body of the 30-year-old woman was discovered by her seven-year-old daughter in their Toowoon Bay home on Wednesday 12 April 2017.

Police allege the woman had undergone body modification surgery to her hand three weeks prior to her death and had allegedly complained about complications relating to the implant of a “plastic snowflake” under her skin shortly after the procedure.


A post mortem examination later found the mother died as a result of septicemia, caused by an infection in her right hand.

Detectives formed a joint strike force, codenamed Nellievale, following the incident.

“Officers have also been investigating a complaint by a second woman, who allegedly engaged the body modifier for a stomach procedure in November 2016,” NSW Police said in a statement.

The man, who is already facing a charge of prohibition of female genital mutilation, was arrested at his Terrigal home around midday today.

The 37-year-old was taken to Gosford Police Station for questioning.

Investigations are ongoing.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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