Adrian Pengelly, a self-proclaimed visionary healer, is facing prosecution for claiming to cure cancer. The 43-year-old faces charges under the Cancer Act 1939, which says it is illegal to advertise offers to treat cancer.
Testimonials on Pengelly's website wax lyrical on his ability to reduce the symptoms of cancer and in some cases cure it completely. One poster wrote, "I am in no doubt that Adrian Pengelly helped me with my cancer. He is a man of high integrity and I have had no hesitation in recommending him to my friends and acquaintances."
AdvertisementPengelly's claims were criticized in BBC's Watchdog last September and he now faces a three-month prison sentence or heavy fines.
However Pengelly has defended himself, "If that's what the charge is, that on my website there are testimonials from people whose cancer has vanished after I've treated them, then I'm proud to say I did that dastardly deed," he said.
He also claimed that he has a waiting list of over 13,000 people for his services of £30 per session.
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