Mar 16, 2017
A male British athlete calling himself Lauren Jeska and demanding to be treated as a woman has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the attempted murder of a UK Athletics official after that agency voided Jeska’s racing awards over failed test results.
Jeska, who was born and will remain a male for the rest of his life, describes himself as a transgender woman. He won championships in four British women’s racing events between 2010 and 2012. However, those victories were voided in September 2015 because he had refused to provide testosterone levels and other documentation to the competition’s governing body.
A year ago, Jeska drove to the office of UK Athletics and demanded to see Ralph Knibbs, head of human resources and welfare for the organization. Security cameras recorded Jeska’s vicious knife attack on Knibbs, who was stabbed repeatedly in the head and neck and has been left with permanent disabilities as a result.
The would-be murderer’s parents say that the “stress and confusion” of Jeska’s experience with the commission triggered “flashbacks which caused fantasies of doing something drastic” in retaliation. In 2000, Jeska underwent the variety of surgical mutilation commonly called “gender reassignment surgery,” which altered some of his physical characteristics but did not change his underlying genetics. His family has said that Jeska struggled for acceptance and believed that he found it through self-mutilation – only to face rejection as a supposedly female athlete.