Central Coast detectives travelled to Melbourne yesterday as an American self-claimed body modifier appeared in court over the alleged genital mutilation of a woman.
Detectives from the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes Police Districts formed Strike Force Nellievale to investigate a series of body modification procedures in Newcastle and on the Central Coast over the past several years.
At 5.15am yesterday, Victoria Police arrested a 40-year-old American citizen as he stepped off a flight from California at Tullamarine Airport.
The Melbourne resident was taken to Broadmeadows Magistrates Court where he appeared by virtue of an interstate warrant for the offence of ‘aiding and abetting’ – prohibition of female genital mutilation - under Section 45 of the NSW Crimes Act.
He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on Thursday September 20.
A 37-year-old body modifier from Terrigal is already facing court over this incident, charged with prohibition of female genital mutilation.