'Dr Evil' body modification artist jailed for tongue-splitting
A tattoo artist and body modification surgeon has been jailed for 40 months.
Brendan McCarthy, also known by the moniker 'Dr Evil', had performed a number of controversial and extreme procedures on clients, with their consent, from his studio in the town of Wolverhampton, England; this including tongue-splitting, ear removal, and nipple removal. He has now pled guilty to three counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
At the sentencing at crown court on Thursday, Judge Amjad Nawaz stated McCarthy had no qualifications to carry out surgical procedures, and stated that he did not know: "[how to] deal with any adverse consequences which could have arisen ... There is a clear public interest element. There is also a need for a deterrent."
Prosecutor Peter Grieves-Smith QC read out statements made by a man named Ezechiel Lott, who had his ear removed by McCarthy in 2015, and later felt as though he'd been deceived by him, since he had never been told that the procedure was illegal.
He stated: "I accept that the conduct Mr McCarthy has pleaded guilty to must cross the custodial threshold. But nevertheless, in the exceptional circumstances of this case, the court could properly suspend any such sentence ... Each individual actively sought the procedures. It came about as an extension of the work he had historically undertaken in respect of body-piercing and tattooing."
Local police say that McCarthy conducted the various procedures, without knowing his clients' medical histories or psychiatric backgrounds. Investigators also discovered out-of-date pre-injection swabs, anaesthetic gel, stitching thread and needles on the premises. Despite this, a number of body modification enthusiasts rallied around McCarthy to support him and a petition was set up in his name, which soon attracted over 13,000 signatures.
Councillor Steve Evans, the cabinet member for the environment, stated that the local authority had: "Exposed a national issue which requires a national regulation to be introduced to protect members of the public against the risks of extreme body modification. Whilst I'm sure Mr McCarthy considers himself an artist, providing a service removing and cutting people's body parts without adequate medical training from unsuitable retail premises, presents a risk to the public that we are not prepared to accept."