MISSISSAUGA — A Newmarket woman who injected silicone into the buttocks of several Peel women using a syringe and a caulking gun, causing many of them to develop severe infections and disfigurement, is facing 10 years in jail and deportation after pleading guilty to eight counts of aggravated assault.
Marilyn Ely Reid, 48, originally from Venezuela, pleaded guilty earlier this month. She was arrested in November 2012 after a 28-year-old Brampton woman fell ill after receiving alleged Botox injections. Police said the woman underwent surgery to have the substance removed. Others experienced disfigurement and developed serious infections, court heard.
A Mississauga woman — who cannot be identified along with the other victims due to a publication ban — is still unable to sit down, defence lawyer Calvin Barry said.
Reid operated a website advertising “buttock, lip and muscle augmentations” as well as Botox, Crown prosecutor Allison MacPherson told the court.
Reid, who is not licensed as a nurse or a doctor in Ontario, assured her customers she had medical training, telling some she was a nurse who trained in Europe or South America, and others that she had been a doctor or plastic surgeon in Spain.