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Woman Guilty Of Buttocks Injection Death

A woman who dubbed herself "the Michelangelo of buttocks injections" has been convicted in US court of killing a British dancer.

Padge-Victoria Windslowe was accused of killing 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi during an illegal surgical procedure that involved industrial-grade silicone and Krazy Glue.

Windslowe was also convicted on Monday of aggravated assault for injuries to another woman who was taken to hospital after silicone from an injection spread to her lungs.

The 45-year-old told jurors she performed thousands of the procedures despite a lack of formal medical training.

She described herself as a former madam and hip-hop performer known as "the Black Madam".

Prosecutors said Windslowe fled after a botched injection killed Ms Aderotimi in 2011.

Windslowe, who is transgender, testified that she did not check her phone or email in the months afterward because she was in France and ignoring people who were "transphobic".

Ms Aderotimi complained of chest pains and breathing problems during the procedure at a hotel in February 2011. She died the next day in hospital.

Her family in England chose not to attend the trial in Philadelphia.

The long-time friend who accompanied Ms Aderotimi to the US to celebrate her 20th birthday also declined to make the trip.

The friend's 2012 testimony, read aloud in court, described the meeting as "a touch-up" after their prior visit to the woman they knew as "Lillian".

Windslowe boasted about her so-called surgical skills in court, telling the judge: "Everyone was calling me 'the Michelangelo of buttocks injections'."

She charged about $1,000 to $2,000 per session, according to two of her clients who testified.

Windslowe faces up to 40 years in prison on the murder conviction alone.

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