A HEALER being investigated over the 'slap therapy' death of a grandmother in Seend has been extradited to an Australian court to face charges of killing a six-year-old boy.

But the CPS in the UK said they are still deciding whether to charge Hong Chi Xiao over the death of Danielle Carr-Gomm, in October 2016.

Xiao, 54, is accused of causing the diabetic boy's death by encouraging him to participate in slapping therapy instead of taking insulin in Sydney 2015.

A year later Mrs Carr-Gomm, 71, was found dead hours after taking part in one of his workshops at Cleeve House country hotel in Seend.

'Self-healing promoter' Xiao was extradited to Australia and last Wednesday (oct 4) attended a bail hearing where he denied manslaughter.

A spokesman for Wiltshire Police said: "A 54-year-old man has been extradited to New South Wales, in relation to an ongoing criminal case in Australia.

"In relation to the Seend case, a file has been submitted to the CPS and we are awaiting a charging decision."

Slap therapy - or Paida-Lajinis - is supposed to eradicate illness-causing toxins from the body by hard, repeated slapping, fasting and painful stretching on a bench.

Xiao is accused of carrying out the therapy on the unnamed Australian child, even when it became apparent that the boy's condition was deteriorating.

Mrs Carr-Gomm, a Type 1 diabetes sufferer from East Sussex, had stopped taking insulin after undergoing previous workshops.

Former Wall Street trader turned healer Mr Xiao was among two men and a woman arrested by Wiltshire Police on suspicion of manslaughter.

Speaking at the time, the grandmother-of-four's son Matthew, 43, who lives in New Zealand, said: "She'd been deceived and persuaded by this guy that it was a practice that would cure her.

"It's been a huge shock for the family.

"I spoke to her the week before and she had been thoroughly convinced that it [slap therapy] would have a benefit towards a disease which she'd battled with since her late 50's.

"She was very open to alternative therapies - she tried acupuncture and she changed her diet a lot of the time, but largely reasonably harmless things.

"On reflection it turned out that it was a very dangerous practice.

"She said after her first practice that she felt a lot better.

"She was persuaded by them that it would work, but she didn't research enough into the background and other stories on the internet and other fatalities linked to it.

"Maybe if she'd of Googled it she may have been a little bit more careful or cynical about the treatment."

The Australian boy took part in the £1,065 ($1800) a week course at the Tasly Healthpac centre in Hurstville, New South Wales, in April 2015.

It was run by Xiao, a US national, and other attendees claim the boy was vomiting regularly after a few days, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The child had a seizure lapsed into an unconsciousness from which he never recovered and he died of diabetic ketoacidosis, the bail hearing was told.

His parents and grandmother - who can't be named for legal reasons - have also been charged with manslaughter.

Xiao, who the court heard has no medical qualifications, claimed the death was due to the poisonous effects of insulin.

Xiao was refused bail on the grounds that he posed a flight risk and presented a danger to the community.