Tayside and Central Scotland

Cancer claim 'used by woman in sex deceit'

A woman has denied dating another female for almost nine years while posing as a man.

Samantha Brooks is said to have claimed her name was Lee Brooks to have sex with the woman.

The 26-year-old, from Bridge of Earn in Perthshire, faces a string of accusations including a claim she pretended to have cancer to avoid sexual contact.

Ms Brooks has pleaded not guilty to all charges relating to two women.

She was accused of pretending to be a man to the first female between January 2001 and December 2009 to "obtain sexual intimacy or contact" with her.

The alleged con involves a total of 12 different claims, the High Court in Glasgow heard.

Bubble bath

These include an accusation that she lied about suffering testicular cancer which made her genitals painful to touch.

Ms Brooks is also said to have pretended that she suffered burns that required her to wear bandages in an attempt to hide her breasts.

She is further alleged to have used enough bubble bath to conceal her body from the woman.

The second fraud allegation occurred between February and September last year. This woman is said to have been targeted in a similar manner as the first.

Ms Brooks' counsel Ronnie Renucci entered a not guilty plea to all accusations. Mr Renucci added that defence inquires were on-going and that he was not ready for trial.

Judge Lord Bannatyne continued the case until another preliminary hearing on 9 February.

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