A UK fraudster who allegedly tried to evade justice by claiming to be a comatose quadraplegic has been jailed for four-and-a-half years after conning his frail neighbour out of more than £40,000.
Alan Knight cleaned out the bank accounts of dementia sufferer Ivor Richards after the pensioner was taken into a care home, Swansea Crown Court heard.
It was later discovered that the 47-year-old had also forged Mr Richards’ will - even using the names of two dead women from a newspaper’s obituary section as counter-signatories.
After he was arrested, he even tried to blame his estranged son, claiming he was trying to set up him up.
Knight, who refused to attend court while on remand at Swansea Prison, had previously said he was too unwell to attend proceedings after suffering a serious neck injury.
He originally was going to contest the fraud and theft charges against him.
However, he changed his plea after CCTV footage showed him walking around on a shopping trip.
Judge Paul Thomas today passed sentence on the basis of the fraud and theft charges.
He said accusations that Knight had tried to avoid court by faking illness would be the subject of a separate investigation.
In passing sentence, Judge Thomas labelled jobless Knight as a thoroughly dishonest man who would use every trick in the book to try and escape responsibilty for his actions.
He said: “Alan Knight is as dishonest a man as I have ever come across."