'Dr Evil': Wolverhampton modification artist admits GBH

Brendan McCarthy

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Brendan McCarthy ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium

A body modification artist has admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm, by carrying out tongue splitting and ear and nipple removal procedures.

Brendan McCarthy, 50, of Bushbury, Wolverhampton, ran a modification emporium before he was charged with six counts of wounding in 2017.

McCarthy, also known as Dr Evil, carried out the consensual procedures at his tattoo parlour in Wolverhampton.

He will be sentenced on 21 March at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

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McCarthy no longer runs Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium in Princess Alley

McCarthy was arrested in December 2015 following a complaint to City of Wolverhampton Council’s environmental health team.

During the case, a petition in support of McCarthy amassed more than 13,400 signatures and his lawyer challenged the conviction on the basis that his customers consented.

The council said its issue was with McCarthy’s lack of licence to carry out the modification procedures and the need for more regulation in the industry which delivers results “akin to cosmetic surgery”.

McCarthy told the BBC the situation was “crushing”.

“It’s crushed me completely, I’m a shadow of my former self,” he said.

Nick Pinch went to McCarthy to have his nipple removed after previous piercings caused a build-up of scar tissue.

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Nick Pinch went to McCarthy to have his nipple removed

The procedures carried out on Mr Pinch formed part of the prosecution’s case.

Mr Pinch said: “He [McCarthy] wanted to know why I wanted this procedure, he wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing, he took complete duty of care. I’m really happy with what I’ve had done.”

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