Runner lands in jail for fraudulently earning a finisher medal at the 2018 London Marathon



A runner found himself this week in hot soup for picking up a bib number on the ground and using it to cross the finish line to earn a finisher’s medal at the 2018 London Marathon in April.
According to BBC, Stanislaw Skupian, 38, was pictured with a finisher's medal at the end of the 26.2-mile race on 22 April. But he had only been in the race for about three miles after picking Jake Halliday's lost number off the ground. Skupian admitted one count of fraud by false representation and three unrelated theft offences. He was sentenced to 13 weeks for the fraud and three weeks for the thefts at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court.
Mr Halliday lost his starting number at around the 23-mile mark when he took his T-shirt off on what was the hottest London Marathon on record. He was removed from the course 300m from the finish for not having his number. Skupian, of no fixed address, spotted it on the ground and crossed the line, before collecting Mr Halliday's medal in what he saw as a "dream come true", the court heard.
Defence lawyer Jameela Jamroz said: "At the time he hadn't fully appreciated that he was doing anything wrong.” He dedicated the completion of it to his seven-year-old son and to homeless people to inspire them that good things can happen to those that are less fortunate." Ms Jamroz said Skupian became homeless after separating from his wife and taking time off work for a neck injury from a serious car crash. He suffered a short, temporary breakdown in his mental health shortly before the marathon, she added.
Defence lawyer Jameela Jamroz said: "At the time he hadn't fully appreciated that he was doing anything wrong.” "He dedicated the completion of it to his seven-year-old son and to homeless people to inspire them that good things can happen to those that are less fortunate." Ms Jamroz said Skupian became homeless after separating from his wife and taking time off work for a neck injury from a serious car crash. He suffered a short, temporary breakdown in his mental health shortly before the marathon, she added.

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