Victoria’s fake cancer healer turned fake lawyer facing jail
A self-proclaimed cancer healer turned bogus lawyer has been threatened with jail if he doesn’t stop impersonating a lawyer.
Dennis Jensen, 66, was told last week by a Supreme Court justice in Victoria to pack his toothbrush if he again broke a court order, barring him from engaging in legal practice unqualified.
Outside court, Jensen shielded his face with an umbrella after being sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for a year.
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Jensen will only be locked up if he does it again during this time.
He was found in contempt of court after defying a 2018 injunction issued by the Victorian Legal Services Board.
Judge John Dixon told Jensen it was a “serious criminal contempt with serious consequences”.
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By ignoring the order, Jensen gave legal advice to the parents of an accused rapist, encouraging him to violate an intervention order that protected the alleged victim.
The accused was later charged with breaching the intervention order.
This isn’t the first time Jensen’s conduct has made headlines.
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In 2018, an ovarian cancer patient died after being treated by Jensen, who has no formal medical training.
Victoria’s emergency department nurse Helen Lawson, 50, shunned mainstream medicine after Jensen told her he could cure her cancer using a poisonous and discredited paste known as black balm.
The corrosive substance, the sale of which is illegal in Australia, chews up the flesh.
Lawson’s partner of more than two decades, Belinda Davies, said A topical matter she believed that Lawson would still be alive if she had not pulled out of her surgery, scheduled for the day after her first meeting with Jensen.
“You could smell the rotting flesh,” Davies said of Jensen’s black salve treatment.
“She would be on all fours one night swinging around the living room, screaming in pain.”
A photograph of Lawson’s mutilated stomach is too graphic to show without blurring.
Davies said Jensen would put her hands on her partner’s body and declare the cancer leaving her.
“If she had gone the surgery route…she most definitely would be here today,” Davies said.
Jensen also treated a pancreatic cancer patient with a compound known as B17, which has been linked to cyanide poisoning.
After Lawson’s death in 2018, Victoria’s Health Complaints Commissioner banned Jensen from providing “any general health service” and claiming to cure cancer.
But he was already telling a new story.
Although unqualified, Jensen posed as a lawyer, giving legal advice to people, preparing legal documents for clients, and representing them in court as an “attorney”.
Howard Bowles, head of response and enforcement at the Victorian Legal Services Board, said Jensen’s case was not isolated.
“Over the course of a year, there are probably 20 or 30 issues that we will examine in detail,” he said.
Bowles said the bogus lawyers included lawyers who had been disbarred for misconduct, lawyers who had been jailed, and people who had started law degrees but never finished.
“We also come across people who are very involved in the justice system, either through criminal law or particularly family law, who feel that because they have spent a lot of time in court with their particular case, they are now self-proclaimed experts and then they start helping friends and colleagues,” Bowles said.
Bowles said people who hire an unqualified lawyer could find themselves in trouble.
“These people do not carry any professional liability insurance, so if the ‘advice’ they give you is wrong, you will have no cause of action, or recourse for protection,” he said. .
He also said that the redacted documents could be invalid.
“For example, binding financial agreements in the context of family law, if not certified and handled by an Australian solicitor, i.e. a solicitor with a certificate of practice, these agreements are invalid,” Bowles said.
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