An unregistered beautician accused of killing a TV presenter in a botched buttock procedure should be extradited to the US for trial, a judge has ruled.
Donna Francis is wanted after allegedly injecting liquid silicone into 34-year-old Kelly Mayhew at a house in Queens, New York City, in May 2015.
Ms Mayhew had attended the appointment with her mother after travelling from their home in Maryland.
The substance, which stays in the body permanently, caused systemic emboli, fatally restricting Ms Mayhew’s bloodflow to her vital organs.
Mother-of-one Francis, 38, of Loughton, Essex, is said to have been present as medical staff battled to save Ms Mayhew’s life, but moved to the UK the next day.
She is charged with criminally negligent homicide and unauthorised practice of a profession.
Today, district judge Robin McPhee handed down a judgment at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, saying the severity of the offence meant the UK should honour the extradition treaty.
The case will now be sent to the Home Secretary for consideration.
Francis sat in front of the dock in a red-trimmed jacket, rocked back and forth and sobbed as the judgment was read.
Concerns were raised by Francis’s defence team about her mental health during transfer and incarceration in the US, as well as the right both she and her five-year-old daughter have to a family life.