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Patient 'deceived' by cancer cure
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A court has heard that Stephen Hall though he could be cured
A terminally-ill cancer patient from north Wales was deceived into thinking he could be cured by using an electricity-generating machine, a court has heard.

Stephen Hall, 43, from Flintshire in north Wales, was told by Reginald Gill, who described himself a "wellness practitioner", that his pancreatic cancer was a metabolic disease that he could "reversed" using the IFAS machine.

Bournemouth Crown Court was told on Tuesday that Mr Gill sold him the machine for 2,500 - even though he had paid just 200 for it.

But despite twice-daily treatment sessions using the machine, Mr Hall's condition became progressively worse and he died 10 weeks after his diagnosis in June last year.

Mr Gill has pleaded not guilty to one charge of applying a false trade description to goods and another of supplying goods with a false trade description.

He sent Mr Hall a leaflet that said that cancer was a metabolic disorder that could be treated and reversed
Tim Bradley, prosecuting

Mr Gill said the device, which delivered a low voltage electric current through the body, could kill off the cancer cells, the jury was told.

The court heard that after the first two hour-long treatment, Mr Gill, 62, of Poole, Dorset, told Mr Hall: "I've got it. I've killed the bad cells, it's just the pancreas that needs more work."

Mr Hall, a singer and teacher, arranged for four more 75 sessions with Mr Gill and decided to buy the device rather than have chemotherapy.

Mr Gill sold him the Australian-made IFAS machine for 2,500 - even though he had paid just 200 for it, it was alleged.

Mr Gill was investigated after the Medical Devices Agency received a complaint and visited his clinic that he ran from a bungalow in Poole.

Terminal cancer

They discovered that the machine's Australian manufacturers made no claims that it could treat or cure cancer, the court was told.

The machine was designed for headaches, insomnia, hair and skin problems, lumbago and nervous conditions.

Tim Bradbury, prosecuting on behalf of Poole Borough Council, told the court that Mr Hall was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in April 2003.

Mr Bradbury said: "Mr Hall was given the details of Mr Gill by a friend.

"He spoke to Mr Gill on the phone, who gave him advice on what foods to eat to help his condition.

"Then he sent Mr Hall some products in the post along with a leaflet that said that cancer was not a disease but a metabolic disorder that could be treated and reversed.

'Bad cells'

"Mr Hall made an arrangement to travel to Poole for a treatment session.

"Afterwards Mr Gill held up the IFAS machine and told him 'I've got it. I've killed the bad cells'.

"The manufacturers make a large number of claims about what the machine can do, but nowhere do they say it can be used to treat cancer."

Mr Hall's widow, Rhiannon Owens-Hall, told the court that her husband had been devastated following his cancer diagnosis.

"It was a bombshell," she said.

"Then he spoke to Mr Gill and came to me saying there was a man who could help him."

The trial continues.


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