Conman 'in coma' caught shopping and driving

Conman 'in coma' caught shopping and driving
Published: 2014 October 22 20:20:10 (9618 Views)
47-year-old Alan Knight, a conman from Swansea, Wales, faked that he was in a vegetative state after he scammed his next door neighbour out of £40,000.

Knight claimed that he was a quadriplegic - and was even hooked up to oxygen and had no movement from the neck down.

Unfortunately for him, he how he was caught on CCTV walking around Tesco supermarket after police traced the use of the family's loyalty club card and driving his car to Dorset.

Knight was living off of benefits at his home in Swansea, South Wales, after claiming he had suffered a massive neck injury.

The court heard that he claimed his injury had caused him to have seizures which left him in a comatose state.

His wife Helen, 33, claimed she had to care for her husband who had snapped his neck after falling backwards as he pulled down a garage door.

But the whole time he was carrying out an elaborate fraud targeting neighbour Ivor Richards' life savings and shares over a three year period.



The court heard how he "systematically" funnelled £41,570 out of the pensioner's bank account which he used to pay for holidays and to buy a caravan in Dorset.

Officers tried to "at least twice" to bring him court but each time he admitted himself to hospital claiming his condition had worsened.

Swansea Crown Court was told he had "pulled the wool" over his GP 's eyes but he was unable to fool doctors at the hospital. While he was on "observations" they spotted him eating, wiping his face and even writing.

Knight was told he would stand trial with or without him present and finally appeared in court in a wheel chair and wearing a neck brace.

He admitted theft and forgery charges was told he is "likely" to be jailed in order to put other people off from trying his scam.

Judge Thomas has said "Although a very accomplished and determined actor, he is nothing in like the condition he claims to be, and the conditions he claims to be suffering from are simply non existent.

"His illnesses coincide with impending court appearances. I do not believe the symptoms are genuine."



Source - ITV

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