Athlete admits attempted murder

An athlete has admitted attempted murder and assault after an unprovoked attack on staff at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham earlier this year.

Lauren Jeska, of Wesley Terrace, Machynlleth, Wales, stabbed a 51-year-old man in the head and neck several times resulting in life-threatening injuries, from which he continues to make a steady recovery.

The 42-year-old runner also inflicted minor injuries on two other members of staff at the head office of UK Athletics in Walsall Road, Perry Barr on the morning of Tuesday 22 March.

Jeska was restrained by staff at the scene until police arrived. She was then arrested and taken into custody.

At Birmingham Crown Court today (22 September) Jeska pleaded guilty to attempted murder, two counts of assault, and possession of two bladed articles in a public place.

She was remanded in custody for psychiatric reports ahead of sentencing on Tuesday 15 November.

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