Man arrested over 2017 body modification septicaemia death on Central Coast

Detectives have arrested and charged a man over the death of a woman, who allegedly underwent body modification surgery at his Central Coast tattoo shop before she succumbed to septicaemia.

The body of the 30-year-old woman was discovered by her seven-year-old daughter in their Toowoon Bay home on Wednesday April 12, 2017.

A post mortem examination found septicaemia was the cause of death, specifically an infected right hand.

Detectives from the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police Districts formed a joint strike force, codenamed Nellievale following the incident.

Inquiries allegedly revealed the deceased woman had undergone body modification surgery to her hand three weeks prior to her death.

Police allege she complained about complications relating to the implant of a “plastic snowflake” under her skin shortly after the procedure.

Around midday Monday, August 13, officers arrested the tattooist/body modifier at his Terrigal home.

The 37-year-old has been taken to the Gosford Police Station as detectives continue their inquiries.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/