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.