Glenn Comensoli may have been able to con his fiancee out of $29,000 during their relationship, but he has failed to convince a judge to reduce his jail sentence.
The convicted Wangaratta conman was sentenced to four years and three months in jail in 2015 for conning another woman and a Bendigo glazier out of more than $200,000.
His fiancee had stood by him as he faced court, then realised she too was a victim.
Comensoli appeared in Wangaratta County Court on Thursday to appeal the extra sentence, sitting with his head down during the hearing.
He quickly abandoned the appeal when Judge David Brookes said he was considering increasing the time to serve in jail instead, because the offences of obtaining financial advantage by deception were “brazen”.
Comensoli told the victim in 2014 he had $300,000 in a term deposit he could not access yet.
He then convinced her to loan him $5000 to repay money his brother took out of a greyhound syndicate, $5000 for a Gold Coast holiday, $4200 for an engagement ring, $5000 for a holiday package at Ayers Rock where he said he wanted to propose, and $11,000 to help secure a loan to buy a car.
Promises to pay her back were never followed through.
By that stage the victim was already pregnant with his child and has since given birth to a son.
Her statement to the County Court in 2015 was that Comensoli was remorseful and wanted to get help for his issues.
Judge Brookes said Comensoli’s “prospects were enhanced by her support”.
He dismissed an argument from the defence barrister that if the new charges involving the fiance had been heard at the same time as the others, the sentence would not have been increased by as much as six months.
A psychologist in 2015 described Comensoli as “warm and engaging” and able to manage the symptoms of a gambling addiction.
Judge Geoffrey Chettle told the County Court back then that “I hope that’s true and she’s not another person you have deceived”.
“I now know that she is,” Judge Brookes said on Thursday.
“He might have taken a harsher view had he had before him a second lot of offences … He certainly wouldn’t have put any emphasis on feelings of remorse.”
Comensoli will be eligible for parole in January 2020.
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