A BRIDE who faked having terminal most cancers to con family members into paying over £8,000 for her dream marriage ceremony was jailed right now.
Toni Standen, 29, shaved her head and lied to family and friends – in addition to her native paper – saying: “It’s gone to my mind, my bones – it’s all over the place.”
Standen, 29, shaved her head and lied to family and friendsCredit score: Mirrorpix
The couple raised marriage ceremony funds by organising a GoFundMe web pageCredit score: Mirrorpix
She stated it was her “dying wish” to tie the knot with 52-year-old hubby James so these closest to her – in addition to kindhearted strangers – rallied spherical.
They raised the funds by organising a GoFundMe web page in February final 12 months after Standen claimed her vaginal most cancers was terminal.
Jobless Standen, of Widnes, Cheshire, additionally tugged at heartstrings by saying she wished her dad Derek, 57, who was dying of most cancers, to stroll her down the aisle.
He died earlier than the massive day however an emotional video recording was performed leaving company in tears.
Standen and her companion James married at St Bede’s Catholic Church, Widnes, final summer time earlier than having a reception at a close-by sports activities membership with round 150 company.
The couple then went on honeymoon to Turkey – paid for by well-wishers.
The fundraiser – titled ‘Assist Give Toni and Jim The Wedding ceremony They Deserve’ – raised £8,344, with the money paid straight into Standen’s checking account.
An image posted on social media confirmed her mendacity on a mattress in a resort room following their massive day whereas rifling by way of marriage ceremony playing cards, counting the money inside.
In July 2017, Standen was interviewed in her native paper saying she had most cancers.
She gave a second interview final 12 months, telling of the “devastating” information her sickness was terminal.
Standen claimed she had two months to dwell
Standen was jailed for 5 months at Chester Magistrates’ Court docket right now after admitting fraudCredit score: Peter Powell Restricted
Then, in January this 12 months, Standen went as far to say she had two months to dwell and her organs had began to fail.
And in February, a publish on her Fb web page – which she later blamed on hackers stated: “RIP TONI. Our pretty Toni handed away final night time, surrounded by family and friends… robust till the top.”
Duped best friend Ashlea Rowson [Corr] confronted Standen in April this 12 months and she or he lastly admitted her lies.
In a sufferer affect assertion, Ashlea, whose suspicions have been raised when Standen claimed she’d caught coronavirus, stated: “Toni was my closest buddy. I beloved her like a sister.
“Each heartache and setback in relation to her alleged most cancers. I skilled these feelings too.
“Whereas the information not stand, my expertise stays actual. My tears have been actual, my grief was actual and nonetheless is.
“I imagine the best disservice has been to each one who has fought or is preventing a real battle with this illness.
“Toni’s father being one among them.”
Cheryl Aston, 33, who donated £525, stated: “She might have gained an Oscar, her appearing was that good.”
Her aunt Connie Atherton stated: “It’s come as a giant shock to us. We went to the marriage. She betrayed her mates.”
Standen’s “unassuming” husband was additionally duped, in accordance with the Mirror.
She was jailed for 5 months at Chester Magistrates’ Court docket after admitting fraud.
District Decide Nicholas Sanders instructed her: “Each proper pondering member of society could be appalled by your behaviour.
“Fortunately it’s not typically this courtroom has to condemn somebody who has proven such a level of shamelessness, such greed, or such a betrayal of friendship as you probably did to your folks and the broader group.
“You made up an sickness to achieve the sympathy of your folks and sat again and watched as they raised cash to assist you.
“You continued to brighten that tissue of lies, telling those self same mates on one event that you simply solely had weeks to dwell.
“I do not settle for what’s stated that having began you merely couldn’t cease.
“Not solely did you not cease however you made it worse. You gave newspaper interviews to engender public sympathy to your made up plight.
“You used that cash raised from the generosity of others to fund your marriage ceremony and holidays.
“Such was your lack of disgrace that you simply saved taking cash from them over many, many months.”
Standen strolling down the aisle on her marriage ceremony day