Life imprisonment for the leader of a group filming bodily mutilations

Life imprisonment for the leader of a group filming bodily mutilations
Life imprisonment for the leader of a group filming bodily mutilations

Lhe leader of a group of men tried for having carried out bodily mutilation was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, with a security period of 22 years, by a London court. Some amputations were filmed and broadcast on a paid website.

Marius Gustavson, 46, was prosecuted for a series of offenses relating to “extreme body modifications” on 13 victims – including himself -, as well as the removal and commercialization of certain parts of the victims’ bodies and the online videos.

He had created a paid website to disseminate these mutilations and claimed “the making of eunuchs”, a reference to the “nullo” movement bringing together people who had undergone bodily modification such as the removal of their genitals. With 22,000 subscribers, his site brought in nearly 300,000 pounds (nearly 350,000 euros) between 2017 and 2021.

If the victims had apparently consented to these ablations, some of the events that occurred amounted to “almost human butchery,” said Judge Mark Lucraft. Marius Gustavson was the mastermind behind this “large-scale” enterprise, on one occasion even cooking “human testicles, which were put on a plate to be eaten.”

This man, originally from Norway and living in north London, cut off his own penis and leg after asking an accomplice to freeze it.

A victim’s complaint to the police was followed by several arrests in London, Scotland and Wales.

Six other men were being prosecuted at the Old Bailey court in London for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. They admitted the facts and were sentenced Thursday to between 4.5 and 12 years in prison.

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