Body modifier Brendan Russell planned to remove client’s teeth after watching YouTube, court finds

A body modifier accused of manslaughter had previously planned to remove a client’s wisdom teeth after watching YouTube videos on dentistry, a Sydney court has heard.

Brendan Leigh Russell pleaded not guilty to manslaughter, as well as willfully causing grievous bodily harm and female genital mutilation, in three separate proceedings against women between 2015 and 2017.

His lawsuit was heard today by barber Lawrence O’Neil, who worked with the 40-year-old at the Transition tattoo and body modification salon at the Erina Fair Mall in Central Coast.

Mr O’Neil told NSW District Court he had to prevent Mr Russell from “a lot of surgeries and procedures”.

This once included an expression of “great concern” after Mr Russell told him about a dental procedure planned on a woman’s inflamed wisdom teeth.

“A chick asked to have her teeth pulled out,” Mr. O’Neil recalled, Mr. Russell said, according to his November 2018 statement.

“I have been up all night watching YouTube to learn how to do this.”

Mr. O’Neil said he warned Mr. Russell “you don’t know what you are doing” and then told the client on arrival “you can’t do that”.

He described a “submissive side” to Mr Russell and told the court that the body modifier “values ​​my opinion” and “listens to me.”

“The client was a nervous young girl,” Mr. O’Neil said.

“Brendan had convinced her he could do it.”

The proceedings did not take place and Mr Russell was not charged for it.

In cross-examination, Mr. O’Neil said there was “a buzz” about the procedure scheduled for that day.

He denied that Mr Russell intended to simply inspect the inflamed teeth, but agreed that he told him the procedure was “far too advanced”.

“You have not expressed any concerns or concerns to him,” suggested defense lawyer Michal Mantaj.

“No, massive concern. Massive concern,” replied the witness.

Mr O’Neil conceded that he was confident enough in Mr Russell’s techniques to undergo his own procedure – a small razor-shaped implant in his left ear.

The deceased woman had a similar, snowflake-shaped implant under the skin of her hand.

Mr O’Neil said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, texted him about her “incredibly severe” migraines as the implant became infected.

He told the court he didn’t initially know how she died, but at her funeral Mr Russell tried to convince him that it was due to a drug overdose after receiving pain relievers from him. neighbors.

Mr. O’Neil denied Mr. Mantaj’s suggestions that his perceptions of the woman’s death influenced his testimony.

“No, because I did not sue to come to court,” he replied.

The trial, before Judge Helen Syme, who sits without a jury, is expected to end this week.

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