Athlete pleads guilty to the attempted murder of British Athletics official

22/09/2016

An athlete who stabbed a number of British Athletics officials at their offices in Birmingham has today pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to attempted murder, Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and possession of a bladed article.

On 22 March 2016, Lauren Jeska, 42, drove from her home in Wales to the British Athletics headquarters in Perry Barr, Birmingham armed with a number of knives.

The defendant entered their offices and asked to speak to the victim. She was asked to wait in reception, however, Jeska walked into the open plan office and attacked the victim and stabbed him a number of times.

Colleagues of the victim intervened in an attempt to restrain the defendant. Police were called and the defendant was arrested.

Today, the defendant pleaded guilty to attempted murder, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of possession of a bladed article. She will be sentenced on 15 November 2016.

Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Lauren Jeska had a disagreement with British Athletics officials which escalated and rather than resolve the matter through the appropriate channels, she armed herself with a number of knives, drove from her home in Wales to Birmingham and launched a premeditated and savage attack which resulted in the victim and his colleagues sustaining a number of life threatening injuries."