A Southend mother of a soldier who received injury compensation after he lost a leg in an Afghanistan bomb blast has appeared in court accused of stealing her son’s money.
Angie Woollard denies stealing more than GBP 10,000 from her son, Private Matthew Woollard or Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment, who was awarded GBP 200,000 for injuries suffered when he stepped on a landmine in Helmand Province.
The 43-year-old is accused of taking GBP 10,891.84 while she was acting under her son’s power of attorney.
Pt Woollard, who was only 18 years old when he suffered the injury in May 2007, told the Southend Echo News that his first reaction when he realised he’d lost his leg was that he wanted to get out of the warzone.
He told the newspaper: "Once the blast had gone off I looked down and I saw I was missing my foot and half my leg."
Posted by Alison Spriggs