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Teacher loses marriage, home and job after student's fake cancer con

Sally Retallack (Image via
Sally Retallack (Image via
Elisa Bianco (Image via
Elisa Bianco (Image via

Twenty two year old Elisa Bianco conned her lecturer, Sally Retallack, into believing she had terminal cancer causing her to lose her marriage, home and job.

The “heartless” student told the 49-year-old she only had 3 months left to live and convinced her to let her move in to her family home, claiming her parents were alcoholics.

Bianco, 16 at the time, faked a terminal kidney tumour so that the mum-of-four would help her fulfil her ‘bucket list’, which included expensive gifts, trips and a ‘goodbye’ party for friends to say farewell before she died.

The student would be dropped off to hospital every day where she would sit in the café wearing pyjamas and fake bandages.

Bianco even pretended she had had her kidney removed back in February 2013.

The teacher discovered the truth when, after giving up her job to care for the sick student, tried to surprise her at the Royal Cornwall Hospital only to discovered nobody on the renal ward had ever heard of her.

Bianco, from Fowey, Cornwall, was jailed for two years and eight months on Friday after pleading guilty to stalking, causing serious alarm or distress.

After causing the split of Retallack and husband Ralph, Bianco then posed as a man called ‘John’ to seduce her online.

She set Sally up with a ‘recently widowed’ consultant physician called John – who was actually her, using a ‘husky’ voice and a fake email address.

After several intimate emails exchanged between Sally and ‘John’, Bianco then invented lung cancer for the fake internet lover in order to kill him off before they could ever meet.

Retallack, who has since moved to France, forked out £750 in rent and equipment for Bianco’s place at university.

After 3 weeks she returned telling Mrs Retallack she had blood in her urine and collapsed arteries. She started sleeping in her bed so Sally could care for her 24 hours a day.

Judge Christopher Harvey Clark QC said: “It is the most extraordinary case I have had to deal with in a long time.

“Most chilling was the callous and cruel deception to create a fictitious hospital consultant. You heartlessly manipulated Mrs Retallack’s deepest emotions. No sentence will compensate her.”