Genital mutilation case: Central Coast police seek extradition of tattooist from Victoria

CENTRAL Coast detectives are seeking the extradition of a tattooist arrested over an alleged genital mutilation during a body modification procedure.

At 5.15am Thursday, Victoria Police arrested the 40-year-old American national as he alighted from a flight from San Francisco at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport.

The tattooist/body modifier was apprehended on an interstate warrant and has been taken to the Broadmeadows Police Station.

Gosford detectives have travelled to Melbourne where they are expected to apply to a Victorian court for the man’s transfer to New South Wales.

The man is wanted over the alleged genital mutilation of a 33-year-old woman at a tattoo parlour in Newcastle West on January 5, 2016.

Detectives from the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police Districts formed a joint strike force named ‘Nellievale’ to investigate a series of illegal body modifications in Newcastle and on the Central Coast.

A 37-year-old body modifier from Terrigal was arrested by Strike Force Nellievale detectives in May in relation to the matter.

He has already appeared in court, charged with ‘prohibition of female genital mutilation, under Section 45 of the NSW Crimes Act.

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