A fell-running champion has admitted stabbing three top members of athletics staff at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 22 March.
Lauren Jeska, 42, from Machynlleth, admitted attempting to murder former Bristol rugby player Ralph Knibbs and pleaded guilty to causing actual bodily harm to Kevan Taylor and Tim Begley, and two counts of possessing a knife.
Jeska, was previously listed as a member of Todmorden Harriers on the West Yorkshire-based club’s website. She was described as the women’s 2010, 2011 and 2012 English fell-running champion, who also won the British Championship in 2012.
West Midlands police say officers were called to the headquarters of UK Athletics, on 22 March just after 10am after reports that a 51-year-old man had been stabbed in the neck and head, causing “life-threatening injuries”.
Jeska Appeared via videolink at Birmingham crown court on Thursday and also pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful and malicious wounding with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm on two other men.
Kevin Taylor and Tim Begley, who also work for UK Athletics, had intervened to assist Knibbs when he was attacked. Fortunately their injuries were “not of the most serious order”.
The Guardian reported that “Knibbs, a former Bristol RFC centre, who represented England at under-23 level, turned down the opportunity to tour with England in South Africa in 1984 in protest against apartheid. He was in court to hear Jeska enter her pleas from a video conferencing suite at HMP Foston Hall in Derbyshire.
Judge Philip Parker QC was told that the defendant had been the subject of psychiatric assessment but further reports would be necessary before she is sentenced on 15 November.
After Jeska’s pleas were entered, defence counsel Julie Warburton said a diagnosis of autism may be raised at the next hearing, which would be invited to consider whether a “medical disposal” would be available to the sentencing judge.” here.
The Telegraph reported that “Jeska tried to kill British athletics official because she feared the body would revoke her titles over transgender status” here.
Jeska will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 15 November.