Body modifier Brendan Russell arrested over death of female customer

Body modifier, 37, is arrested over the death of a woman, 30, after he implanted a ‘plastic snowflake’ in her hand

A body modifier accused of using a branding iron to burn off part of a woman’s vagina has been arrested and charged over the death of another female customer. 

Brendan Russell, 37, was taken into custody on Monday after Samantha Strickland, 30, was found dead by her seven-year-old daughter at their NSW Central Coast home in April last year.  

A post mortem found she died of septicaemia, caused by an infection to her right hand. 

Ms Strickland had undergone body modification surgery and had a ‘plastic snowflake’ implanted in her hand three weeks prior to her death, police allege. 

Brendan Russell, a body modifier accused of using a branding iron to burn off part of a woman's vagina, has been arrested and charged over the death of another female customer

Brendan Russell, a body modifier accused of using a branding iron to burn off part of a woman’s vagina, has been arrested and charged over the death of another female customer

The 37-year-old Terrigal man was arrested at a Terrigal property at midday on Tuesday (pictured) following the 2017 death of Samantha Strickland

The 37-year-old Terrigal man was arrested at a Terrigal property at midday on Tuesday (pictured) following the 2017 death of Samantha Strickland

Samantha Strickland, 30, was found dead by her seven-year-old daughter at their NSW Central Coast home in April last year

Samantha Strickland, 30, was found dead by her seven-year-old daughter at their NSW Central Coast home in April last year

Russell has been charged with manslaughter and grievously bodily harm. The second charge is related to complaints made by a second woman, 38, who underwent a stomach procedure in November 2016

Russell has been charged with manslaughter and grievously bodily harm. The second charge is related to complaints made by a second woman, 38, who underwent a stomach procedure in November 2016

Russell was taken to Gosford Police Station where he has been charged with manslaughter and grievously bodily harm.

The second charge is related to complaints made by a second woman, 38, who underwent a stomach procedure in November 2016. 

He is already facing a charge of prohibition of female genital mutilation.

Police allege a 33-year-old woman ‘engaged the modifier to perform a procedure at a business in Newcastle West in 2016’.

Sometime after the procedure was carried out, the woman lodged a formal complaint with police.

Russell was taken to Gosford Police station by police (pictured) where enquiries will continue. He is already facing a charge of prohibition of female genital mutilation

Russell was taken to Gosford Police station by police (pictured) where enquiries will continue. He is already facing a charge of prohibition of female genital mutilation

Ms Strickland posted this photograph to Instagram, showing the procedure she had before she died

Ms Strickland posted this photograph to Instagram, showing the procedure she had before she died

Police allege a 33-year-old woman 'engaged the modifier to perform a procedure at a business in Newcastle West in 2016.' The woman made a formal complaint to police sometime after the procedure 

Police allege a 33-year-old woman ‘engaged the modifier to perform a procedure at a business in Newcastle West in 2016.’ The woman made a formal complaint to police sometime after the procedure 

Russell's studio in Erina Fair was forced to shut after it was raided in May when Russell was charged (pictured: Russell being taken away by detectives)

Russell’s studio in Erina Fair was forced to shut after it was raided in May when Russell was charged (pictured: Russell being taken away by detectives)

Russell, a self-described ‘body modifier’, owned and operated Transition Studio at Erina Fair shopping centre, which was raided by police soon after his arrest in May.

The studio was forced to close its doors shortly after he was charged. 

According to his social media where he posts under the name ‘BSlice’, Russell also colours the whites of his client’s eyes and experiments with branding.

He has even branded himself adding ‘two lines for two special people’ to the side of his face. 

This scarification was done to cover up unwanted tattoos. Russell, 37, is pictured left

This scarification was done to cover up unwanted tattoos. Russell, 37, is pictured left

Police allege the deceased woman had undergone body modification surgery and had a 'plastic snowflake' implanted in her hand three weeks prior to her death. Pictured is a skull following a similar procedure 

Police allege the deceased woman had undergone body modification surgery and had a ‘plastic snowflake’ implanted in her hand three weeks prior to her death. Pictured is a skull following a similar procedure 

Russell is pictured holding skin between his fingers in a photo showing off his scarification work

Russell is pictured holding skin between his fingers in a photo showing off his scarification work

On Russell’s social media accounts, he claims to have more than ten years’ experience in body modification and travels the world promoting his craft.

His posts feature modification work from fake scars to ‘subdermal horns’ and silicon beads under his client’s skin to tattooed gums and coloured-in whites of the eyes.

Body modification is not legislated in NSW however members of the ‘Skin Penetration’ industry are required to follow public health regulations. 

Russell was refused bail and he is expected to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday.  

This man had his gums tattooed black by Russell, according to social media posts

This man had his gums tattooed black by Russell, according to social media posts

 Russell (pictured centre with detectives) was refused bail and he is expected to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday

 Russell (pictured centre with detectives) was refused bail and he is expected to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday

Russell, a self-described 'body modifier', owned and operated Transition Studio at Erina Fair shopping centre

Russell, a self-described ‘body modifier’, owned and operated Transition Studio at Erina Fair shopping centre

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