Man avoids UK prosecution for two years with coma and quadriplegia claims; video shows him walking
A British man who claimed he was quadriplegic and sometimes comatose pleaded guilty on Tuesday to stealing more than $64,000 from an elderly neighbor after he was caught on video driving and walking in supermarkets.
Alan Knight, 47, of Swansea, Wales, evaded court hearings for two years because of his claims, report the Associated Press, Wales Online and the Guardian. He claimed he was injured in a fall down the stairs, causing him to be quadriplegic and to suffer seizures that sent him into comas.
Knight had twice admitted himself to the hospital to avoid prior court appearances, investigators said.
Knight’s true condition was discovered when police tracked his supermarket loyalty card and obtained the videos. He was using a wheelchair and wearing a neck brace when he arrived at Swansea Crown Court on Tuesday. After learning of the video evidence, he pleaded guilty to 19 counts of forgery, fraud and theft, the stories say.