Australian woman jailed over faking terminal cancer for donations

Hanna far left

The judge, upon hearing this case, called the crime "despicable".

Instead, Dickenson used the money to party with friends, abuse alcohol and drugs and go on overseas holidays.

The court heard that her parents, who run a farm near Swan Hill in Victoria's north-west, had received thousands of dollars from their friends as they were struggling financially.

Magistrate David Starvaggi said Dickenson had;engaged in conduct that tears at the very heartstrings of human nature'.

"People's conscious desire to assist has been touched. that's the social trust".

Now 24, Hanna has faced Melbourne Magistrates' Court, pleading guilty to seven charges of obtaining property by deception. These are people who worked hard and dug into their own pockets'.

Her parents gave her the money to fund said "treatment".

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The court was told one person donated A$10,000 to Dickenson after being discharged from hospital following his own cancer treatment.

Dickenson's lawyer, Beverley Lindsay, argued that her client should be spared jail because she had "turned her life around".

The ruse was uncovered when another donor raised suspicions with police after seeing pictures of Dickenson on Facebook, the BBC reported.

Ms Gibson was fined more than $400,000 by the Federal Court for profiting off false claims she had brain cancer which had been cured by alternative therapies and nutrition.

Gibson chronicled her battle with cancer on a blog, The Whole Pantry, which spawned an app and recipe book.

The family's neighbors, Nathan and Rachel Cue describing the moment Hanna's parents approached them for money, they had said, "We are sitting here in the dining room and she comes over and says Hanna has six weeks to live, she's in palliative care ..." The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of, its sponsors or advertisers.

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