LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – A British tattooist pleaded responsible on Tuesday to performing unlawful physique modifications on shoppers, together with taking off an ear and a nipple and splitting a buyer’s tongue.

Brendan McCarthy, 50, who has no medical {qualifications}, carried out the surgical procedures at his “Dr. Evil” studio in Wolverhampton between 2012 and 2015, prosecutors stated.

His arrest adopted complaints about on-line photos of him eradicating a shopper’s ear. McCarthy later stated believed the procedures had been lawful as a result of his shoppers had consented.

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At Wolverhampton Crown Courtroom, he pleaded responsible to a few counts of inflicting grievous bodily hurt with intent and shall be sentenced at a later date.

“It is a landmark case involving physique modification,” stated Rhiannon Jones of the Crown Prosecution Service, which introduced knowledgeable proof as to the dangers to these concerned.

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“This prosecution was not introduced to hunt to curtail particular person selection or freedom of self-expression however as a result of McCarthy, who was licensed to hold out tattooing and physique piercing, was performing what had been important surgical procedures in a tattoo studio,” she added in a press release.

“This case confirms the present regulation that surgical procedures have to be carried out by correctly educated, certified and controlled surgeons or well being care professionals.

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“McCarthy was none of those and consequently his surgical procedures, albeit carried out on the request of his shoppers, had been illegal.”

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