Fraudster Alan Knight fakes coma for two years to avoid prosecution
This image made available by South Wales Police shows a video image Alan Knight, in a supermarket in Bishopís Cleeve Wales in June this year.
Police say he might have got away with it if it hadn’t been for his supermarket loyalty card.
A fraudster from Wales who pretended to be quadriplegic and sometimes comatose for 2 years to avoid prosecution has been convicted after local police officers caught him on CCTV driving and walking around supermarkets.
Alan Knight of Swansea, Wales, stole more than £40,000 from the bank account of an elderly neighbour with Alzheimer’s, prosecutors said.
When police began investigating, the 47-year-old Alan Knight claimed to be quadriplegic and so sick he sometimes fell into a coma for hours at a time. He checked himself into a hospital to avoid many court appearances, saying he was having seizures.
South Wales Evening Post reported on Wednesday that the Knight’s wife, Helen Knight, had written to the newspaper saying her husband had obtained a doctor’s letter confirming he was “quadriplegic and in a comatose condition, bed-bound at home” after a neck injury.
“We’ve been through absolute hell and we’re still going through hell,” she wrote, according to the newspaper.