Recklessly Causing Grievous Bodily Harm in NSW

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A warning to our readers: This post contains some pretty gruesome information.

A man in the United States is facing a prison sentence after attempting to perform a DIY-castration at home on a chap he met on the fetish website

Gary Jon Vanryswyk, a 76-year-old Florida pensioner, carried out the castration on the 55-year-old man following establishing an online connection with him – an operation which, as most would recognise, was not only negligent but also failed monumentally.

The three-hour-long DIY castration took place back in August 2019, and so botched was the procedure that it resulted in the man having to be airlifted to Tampa General Hospital because he was left bleeding uncontrollably from his crotch.

On Thursday 29 July 2021, Mr Vanryswyk faced court over the matter and pleaded guilty to charges causing serious bodily injury as a result of unlicensed practice of a health care profession.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail, however, according to reports from local news outlet, The Smoking Gun, the pensioner ended up signing a plea deal, which means he will be sentenced to three years in state prison later this year.

It is understood previously Mr Vanryswyk had pleaded not guilty to the charges.


How Mr Vanryswyk and His Dodgy DIY Castration Attempt Was Uncovered by Police

According to charging documents, on the night of the failed operation, Mr Vanryswyk’s casualty endured such significant violent bleeding that he was left with no choice but to dial 911 for urgent help.

When officers promptly arrived at Mr Vanryswyk’s home, they were met with the grim realisation of the attempted operation, soon after which the culprit confessed to having performed “a castration on a male subject within the residence”.

Then, as officers scrutinised their way around the home, they also unearthed the male subject, who has not been identified, desperately pressing a blood-soaked towel up against his groin.

They immediately called paramedics for critical medical assistance.


The Terrifying Things Police Found Next…

The gruesome discoveries did not end there, however.

Worryingly, as officers explored Mr Vanryswyk’s house, they were hit with the horrifying sight of a room that had been converted into an at-home operating theatre.

“The room was set up like a surgical centre with medical equipment and painkillers,” Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Inside the makeshift theatre, they then found the casualty’s severed testicles inside a jar, while a camera was discovered set up on a tripod and erected to record the “surgery”.

Another ominous sign arrived as officers went on to locate numerous scissors, scalpels, clamps and even a surgical stapler inside the bogus theatre room, while masses of blood were splattered across the floors of the property.

It is understood Mr Vanryswyk had told the man the operation would take about 45 minutes.

However, once the procedure was underway, the subject noticed that the imitator surgeon was “constantly fumbling and dropping stuff’.

As a result, the operation ended up lasting three hours, leading to the man’s profuse bleeding.

The victim did not initially want to press charges as he said the attempted surgery had been “consensual”.

However, in the following months, he found himself feeling “suicidal” and in deep regret of having his testicles removed.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported Mr Vanryswyk told police he had a history of castrating animals, which he carried out while growing up on a farm.

More gruesomely, back in 2012, he had even removed one of his own testicles.

Recklessly Causing Grievous Bodily Harm

It is against the law to recklessly cause grievous bodily harm to another person.

Put simply, grievous bodily harm is understood as “really serious harm” – examples of which include any permanent or serious disfigurement, any grievous bodily disease, destroying a foetus in a way other than a medical procedure.

“Recklessness” is understood as carrying a lower level of culpability than intention.

It signals that the accused person foresaw the possibility causing actual bodily harm to another person but carried on with the act anyway.

If you are in NSW, recklessly causing grievous bodily harm is an offence under section 35 of the Crimes Act 1900, which makes clear that a person who causes grievous bodily harm to another person and is reckless as to causing actual bodily harm to that or any other person can face a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail, with a 4-years standard non-parole period.

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