The Crown is seeking a sentence of 10 to 12 years in prison for a woman who admitting to administering illegal buttock injections that left some victims disfigured.
Marilyn Ely Reid pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of aggravated assault endangering life. One count was withdrawn.
The Toronto-area woman who used silicone for illegal buttock enhancement injections on nine women — in some cases using syringes attached to a caulking gun — will be sentenced on March 26, 2015.
The 48-year-old was arrested in November 2012 after a 28-year-old woman fell ill after receiving alleged Botox injections and, police said, underwent surgery to have the substance removed.
Investigators at the time alleged Reid advertised buttock, lip and muscle augmentations and Botox injections on a website called pmmainjection.com.
Several other victims came forward after her arrest and her lawyer says many of them had “serious health issues” ever since the procedure, which he says Reid was not licensed to perform.
Defence attorney Calvin Barry arguing for a more lenient sentence, saying Reid has had a hard life.
“She was diagnosed as a hermaphrodite actually when she was young,” revealed Barry.
“At around three or four years of age she had a surgery to become a woman. And that led to a lot of bullying which is unfair and wrong. Now does that excuse the behaviour? No, but it helps to explain the trail of why we are here today.”