A conman's sentencing has been adjourned for the fourth time after Magistrate Sharon Cure ordered he be assessed for a home detention order.
Kane Scott Dallow, formerly known as Kane Scott Hicks, pleaded guilty in February to dishonestly acquiring a financial advantage from a woman he befriended at Agfest in 2018.
Dallow purported to be making a program for Channel 7 and convinced the woman to give him $5000 for sponsorship.
The victim was given a receipt allegedly from Channel 7 but became suspicious and contacted the police.
At his June appearance, Ms Cure encouraged Dallow to get a lawyer before he was sentenced because it was likely he was going to jail.
Despite four weeks between appearances, the 38-year-old South Launceston man came to court unrepresented on Tuesday.
The conman told Ms Cure he'd been in discussions with a lawyer for three weeks, but the person was no longer available due to dates clashing with a trial in Hobart and he'd been referred to someone else.
Dallow said his new lawyer wasn't available to represent him until August 26, so he asked for a six-week adjournment.
But Prosecutor Felicity Radin told the court she'd spoken to Dallow's lawyer who had only been contacted on Monday.
"He's had four weeks to engage legal representation but only engaged a lawyer yesterday," Ms Radin said.
The prosecutor was advised by the lawyer that the six-week delay was so Dallow could come up with the money required to pay his counsel.
The adjournment was opposed by prosecution, but Ms Cure said she would grant it so Dallow could be assessed for a home detention order, which takes six weeks.
"There's a fairly strong case by prosecution for you to go to jail," Ms Cure said.
"It's very important that I don't get a report back full of denials."
The magistrate said Dallow had appeared in court every month since May, so she would sentence him on his next appearance whether he was represented or not.
He was bailed to appear on August 28.
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