Australian 23yo faked cancer to fund party life

Australian 23yo faked cancer to fund party life

The then-19-year-old had tricked her financially struggling parents into rounding up thousands of dollars from their own savings, as well as the bank accounts of their friends and neighbours, to fund her party lifestyle.

"Ms Dickenson engaged in conduct that tears at the very heart strings of human nature", Magistrate David Starvaggi said upon sentencing Hanna, adding that her crime was "despicable".

However, Dickenson spent the donations on parties, alcohol, drugs and overseas holidays.

Hanna Dickenson convinced her parents and family friends that she had terminal cancer, scamming $42,0000 in the process.

Melbourne Magistrates' Court was told that one person donated almost £5,500 after he was discharged from hospital following his own cancer treatment.

But her charade was uncovered when another of Dickenson's victim's discovered photos on her Facebook profile which made him suspicious about her claims of ill health.

She also compared the deception to one involving an Australian celebrity blogger, Belle Gibson, who was fined A$410,000 a year ago after falsely claiming to have beaten brain cancer.

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"Yes she has harmed some people ... she didn't ask them directly though", she said.

Dickenson's lawyer, Beverley Lindsay, argued that her client should be spared jail because she had "turned her life around". "To send her to prison now sends her backwards".

Court documents reveal Dickenson lied to doctors about having partaken in clinical trials for cancer treatment and having received care at the prestigious Peter McCallum Institute in Melbourne, and the Epworth Hospital as well.

"I couldn't think of a worse case to manifest itself needing both specific and general deterrence".

Ms Lindsay said her client was likely to appeal the sentence.

The court heard she would lose her job as a property manager for Little Real Estate in Melbourne.

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