‘Lauren Jeska’ (AKA Michael Jameson)
Claire Darbyshire (AKA Christopher Darbyshire)
In March 2017 Jeska was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court of attempted murder, two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two counts of possession of an article with a blade or sharp point in a public place. His victim suffered life-changing injuries. Jeska was sentenced to 18 years in prison.
The attacks took place after Jeska, a male fell runner who had ‘transitioned’ and who had been competing in the female category, was instructed to provide blood samples to determine his testosterone levels, in line with UK Athletics regulations. Between 2010 and 2012, Jeska had been England’s champion fell runner in the female category three times. Where males are are allowed to compete with women after they ‘transition’ is quite usual for them to rise to the top of their field and to enjoy a great deal of success. The reasons for this are quite evident and are why female sports categories exist in the first place: the average man has significant physical advantages over the average woman in terms of size, strength, reach, bone density and heart and lung capacity. Women’s sporting categories exist to create fair and safe sports for women. You can read more about that at https://fairplayforwomen.com/campaigns/sports-campaign/.
After failing to produce the blood samples, these results were declared null and void (Helen Pidd, The Guardian, 17 March 2017). In response, Jeska stabbed an official in the head and neck and injured two other UK Athletics officials who tried to intervene (Frances Perraudin, The Guardian, 22 September 2016). Jeska is serving his sentence at HMP Foston Hall, a women’s prison (SkyNews, 23 September 2016).
Sentencing details indicate that these convictions have been recorded in the female crime statistics. In the case of the conviction for attempted murder, this falsely elevates the number of women convicted of attempted murder in 2017 by 20%.
This is not the only occasion that crimes committed by a male have been officially recorded as having been committed by a woman. In 2016, ‘Claire’ Darbyshire (Christopher Darbyshire) was convicted at the Old Bailey of the murder of his father, Brian Darbyshire, and sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of four years (Steph Cockcroft & Anthony Joseph, MailOnline, 27 February 2016). Sentencing details indicate that this crime was recorded in the female crime statistics. This falsely elevates the number of women convicted of murder in 2016 by around 5%. Reports at the time of Jeska’s trial omitted all information that he is a male and neglected to reveal the motivations for his crimes. Similarly, multiple press reports referred to Darbyshire as a woman, saying that Brian Darbyshire had been murdered by his daughter (Sam Webb, Mirror, 26 February 2016; ITV News, 10 March 2016).
This was not Darbyshire’s first offence. In 2013, he was issued with a 5-year restraining order after pleading guilty to criminal damage: he had broken into the house of his former boss and masturbated into her underwear. In the corresponding media reports he was referred to as a woman (Freddy Mayhew, Barking & Dagenham Post, 1 July 2013).