Live Blood Analysis quack Errol Denton was handed a £19,000* court bill today.
As reported here:
WESTMINSTER; WOODFORD GREEN, ESSEX A Harley Street practitioner who claimed he could cure cancer and HIV with ‘lifestyle changes and herbs’ was handed a £19,000 court bill today (thurs). Errol Denton also advised women not to wear bras as a tip for fending off ‘acidity’ in the breasts. He used his personal twitter account to boast, ‘Cancer, diabetes, HIV, etc etc, all curable without the big pharmaceuticals.’ Denton’s website, livebloodtest.com, advertises a form of blood test, involving ‘a very powerful microscope’, used to detect ‘imbalances’.
Denton had been investigated by Westminster Trading Standards under the Cancer Act (1939) following complaints by members of the public.
During his court appearance in December 2013, Denton represented himself and at first refused to confirm his name:
I’m not ‘Mr’ Errol Denton. I’m Errol of the Denton family, not ‘Mr’, the corporate fiction. I am a living soul, I have inalienable rights. I am here by special invitation.
He finally relented as the judge demanded he sit in the public gallery and security guards arrived. Denton was denying nine breaches of the Cancer Act.
I’m hoping further details of today’s court appearance will soon emerge.
UPDATE (20/03/14 17:45)
Denton, who did not attend court and was not represented, was ordered to pay a total of £19,101 in fines and prosecution costs at Westminster Magistrates Court.
He was found guilty of nine offences after a trial, a rare prosecution under The Cancer Act 1939, which prohibits advertisements offering to treat or to cure cancer.
East London and West Essex Guardian series reported the story, including a quote from Sue Jones, Westminster City Council Trading Standards manager:
Sadly, the internet is littered with websites that mislead and misinform. However, to give anyone diagnosed with cancer false hope of a simple cure-all is in a twisted class of its own. To promote and advertise that deception is simply immoral and, as Mr Denton has found out, illegal.
The Jersey Evening Post also reported the story, mentioning that:
Westminster Magistrates’ Court ordered Denton, who was absent after claiming he had been injured in a fall, to pay a total fine of £9,000, costs of £9,821 and a victim surcharge of £100.
Chris Jolly of Westminster Trading Standards said:
We will be contacting Mr Denton to instruct him to remove the offending material and if he doesn’t, further action will take place.
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