Dobbed in by the Mrs' good pals in the coffee and biccies circuit. Perhaps she overdid the 'My Nick's a General, you know' bit. Wimmin, eh?Bit more evidence presented today
Prosecutor Sarah Clarke QC read to the court a series of messages from Mrs Welch to her friends, in which she suggests her husband's rank 'daunted' the anonymous complainer.
In one, she said: 'The saddest thing is that one of my London neighbours reported us.
'I have been away a lot recently so I have not been doing the coffee mornings and showing my face.
'I'm trying to put my feet in their shoes to understand why they have done it.
'Perhaps they are daunted by Nick's rank, all of their husbands are two or three ranks below.'
Another said: 'Nick has just been told about the small print in the latest Army regulations which say I can only be away from the house for 90 days so I have just had to dash back up here.'
She also said: 'I always thought that if Nick was not at home I didn't have to be there. I thought that spending weekends in Dorset was allowed.'
Maj Gen Welch (pictured) denies one count of fraud
Ms Clarke said the anonymous complaint had been filed to Army housing workers, questioning why the four-bedroom property was often empty 'at a time of housing austerity'.