The mastermind of a group that carried out medically unnecessary amputations and castrations has been sentenced to life in prison in England. The 46-year-old, who also made hundreds of thousands of pounds on videos and photos of the “dangerous, unnecessary and life-changing” operations, must spend at least 22 years in prison, London’s Old Bailey criminal court ruled on Thursday. The court cited a mixture of sexual satisfaction and financial reward as the motive.

In total there were around 30 incidents between 2016 and 2022. The man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. He had his penis removed and a leg frozen, so he is now dependent on a wheelchair. He recruited other men to help, nine of whom – including a German – had previously been sentenced to prison.

The group was busted after a victim contacted the police. The person said he was drugged and talked into undergoing an operation he did not agree to.