A tattooist known as “Dr Evil” screamed as he was jailed for 40 months for carrying out ear and nipple removals at the request of two of his customers.
Brendan McCarthy, 50, from Bushbury, Wolverhampton in England was sentenced at the city’s Crown Court today over the body modifications.
Earlier court hearings heard how he had removed a customer’s ear without anaesthetic. He had already admitted carrying out a tongue-splitting procedure to give his customer a “reptile” appearance at his studio in Wolverhampton.
McCarthy, who ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium, had pleaded guilty last month to three counts of causing grievous bodily harm. He admitted the charges after the Court of Appeal said his customers’ written consent to the procedures did not amount to a defence.
The court heard that the ear removal was performed in 2015 without anaesthetic, three years after McCarthy split a woman’s tongue with a scalpel.
Judge Amjad Nawaz said the body-modification industry was unregulated and McCarthy was only registered as a tattooist and cosmetic piercer.
He said McCarthy “had no qualifications to carry out surgical procedures or to deal with any adverse consequences which could have arisen”. “There is a clear public interest element. There is also a need for deterrent,” the judge added.
Several of McCarthy’s friends cried and comforted each other as he was taken from the dock.