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Woman in court accused of lying that she had cancer
12:30pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A WOMAN accused of lying about having terminal cancer to raise thousands of pounds through a fundraising appeal has appeared in court.
She is accused of falsely claiming to be suffering from Stage 4 cervical cancer after launching a fundraising drive last year.
Watson allegedly told would-be donors she needed the cash to pay for alternative life-saving treatment not available on the NHS.
It is thought about £6,000 was collected through donations and fundraising events, before she subsequently announced on the social networking website Twitter she was cured and was pregnant.
Fundraising stopped in June 2012, after a supporter raised concerns with the police.
Dressed in black trousers and a leopardprint top, Watson, now of Darkhouse Lane, Rowhedge, near Colchester, covered her head with a coat as she approached thecourtbuilding to frustrate photographers.
She had yet to enter pleas to any of the charges,which relate to a period between January and June, 2012.
Prosecutor Samantha Doyle told the court Watson had been arrested in August 2012, when she was still living in Billericay, after a police investigation.
Watson is accused of defrauding six people: Danielle Livesey, Keely Murnane, Michelle Robinson, Leigh Stewart, Victoria Oliver and KimberleyMurray.
Magistrates released her on bail. She will next appear before Basildon Crown Court on December 30 to enter pleas to the charges.