Army nurse admits fiddling expenses
A senior Army officer who led nurses saving soldiers’ lives in Afghanistan is facing a possible jail sentence after admitting she fiddled her allowances.
Territorial Army volunteer Lieutenant Colonel Angela Knock, 49, admitted a number of charges at a court martial, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed. She will be sentenced later this year.
Mother-of-three Knock led a team of nurses in the operating theatre of the hospital in Camp Bastion, in Afghanistan, as part of the Territorial Army’s 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital.
The hospital has treated hundreds of service personnel, many with horrendous injuries, and has saved scores of lives.
Knock’s civilian job is as a nurse working in Sheffield, where she lives.
Last month, she pleaded guilty to false accounting and forgery charges at a court martial at Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire.
The charges are understood to involve several thousand pounds.
Knock has been a TA volunteer since 1983 and served in Iraq as well as Afghanistan.
In 2011, Knock talked to the Sheffield Star ahead of her third tour of duty in Helmand province.
She discussed how she coped with some of the horrific injuries she encountered.
“A lot of us don’t find out the details of the person they are treating,” she said. “It’s a way of keeping detached.”
Knock also talked about volunteering to spend four weeks in Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake.
She told the Star: “I’ve never been to a disaster zone before but I cannot imagine any healthcare worker who would not love to be able to use their skills to help people who desperately need it. I feel I have been very privileged and very lucky to have been able to go.”
A judge advocate will rule on the details of Knock’s case at a hearing at Catterick Garrison in October and she will be sentenced at a later date.
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