Chinese tourist charged with manslaughter after fatal breast procedure at Sydney beauty clinic

33-year-old tourist allegedly administered anaesthetic to woman who later died

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 11:09am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 8:22pm

A Chinese tourist with no Australian medical license has been charged with manslaughter after police say she gave a woman an anaesthetic during a procedure at a Sydney beauty clinic last week and the woman later died.

Jie Shao was not required to appear in Sydney’s Central Local Court on Tuesday when a prosecutor announced the charges against her had been upgraded. Manslaughter carries a potential maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

The 33-year-old tourist allegedly administered drugs to 35-year-old Jean Huang in the clinic last Wednesday. The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died on Friday.

Court documents claim Jie administered “an intoxicating substance”, tramadol and Lidocaine to Huang during the procedure. Lidocaine is a numbing agent, and tramadol is a painkiller.

Jie was initially charged with causing reckless grievous bodily harm and using poison to endanger life.

Each charge carries a potential maximum of 10 years in prison.

Jei’s lawyer, Mary Underwood, said last week that her client was a graduate of a Chinese medical university and had arrived in Australia several days before the botched procedure on a tourist visa. Jie was a dermatology specialist who had practiced in Great Britain as well as China, Underwood said.

Jie has been in custody since her arrest and has yet to enter pleas.

She will appear on court next on October 31.