Cancer hoax ends in woman’s gaoling
A WOMAN who fabricated a cancer hoax to avoid a gaol sentence has lost a final bid to escape punishment.
Leanne Tracey Church began telling residents of Hill End, north of Bathurst, she had bowel cancer in 2006 – not long after she was charged over a serious assault at the local pub.
Church covered her newly shaved head with a bandanna and made regular “visits’ to a cancer clinic, and locals held a fundraiser to scrape together $200 for her treatment, Sydney media report.
While victim Donna-lee King, who ran the local general store, had been left bruised and battered in the attack, the magistrate took pity on Church when she was eventually found guilty of the assault.
“The only thing stopping you from going to gaol is because of your medical condition,” Magistrate John Hodgson told Church, who has a history of violence.
He imposed a three-year good-behaviour bond.
But Church’s cancer claims were a lie – uncovered as a suspicious Ms King rang around treatment centres and discovered her attacker had never been a patient.
This week, the 42-year-old Church’s Supreme Court appeal was thrown out after she tried to overturn a 16-month gaol term for perverting the course of justice with her hoax.
Church claimed at her sentencing last year in the District Court that she committed the cancer fraud out of a “need for attention”.