UPDATE: Man Charged Over Alleged Genital Mutilation

UPDATE 2:30pm: The body modifier has now been charged with prohibition of female genital mutilation.

Police conducted a search of a tattoo and body piercing studio at Erina this morning.

The man has been granted strict conditional bail to front court on May 15.

EARLIER: A body modifier has been arrested this morning after the alleged genital mutilation of a woman in Newcastle.

It’s believed a 33-year-old woman underwent a procedure at a Newcastle West business back in 2016, but later complained to police.

Officers formed Strike Force Nellievale to investigate the incident.

Detectives arrested the 37-year-old man at his Central Coast home around 8am this morning and he’s now assisting police with their inquiries.

It’s believed the man is not a qualified medical practitioner.

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