Homeless Stanislaw Skupian sentenced to 16 weeks after taking count smuggler dropped

A London marathon impostor who swiped a lost hasten digit to find” a dreaming come true” has been to imprisonment for 16 weeks.

Stanislaw Skupian crossed the finish line with legitimate runner Jake Halliday’s number after spotting it 300 metres from the end of the 26.2 -mile race, Uxbridge magistrates court heard on Thursday.

The homeless 38 -year-old was pictured celebrating with a finisher’s medal on 22 April.

Halliday, who was running for the benevolence Bloodwise, plummeted his figure after stopping short of the finish line to take off his T-shirt during the hottest London marathon on record.

Friends afterward told him someone had been portrait celebrating with his multitude, with Halliday saying he was ” sickened”, the court heard.

Defending, Jameela Jamroz articulated Skupian, a parent of one, concealed passions of running the hasten and had started trained for it.

She said:” He wanted to be there, he was provoked. He wanted to see the runners.

” He answers by luck he saw a race identifier on the floor.

” In his excite he picked up the identifier reckoning this was his opportunity to compete in the marathon and that this was in fact a nightmare come true for him.

” He joined in the marathon and ended the latter part of the race.

” At the time he hadn’t fully quite appreciated that he was doing anything wrong.

” He dedicated the completion of it to his seven-year-old son and to homeless people to induce them that good things can happen to those that are less fortunate .”

The London marathon chief executive, Nick Bitel, said the occurrence could be used to mar the reputation and soundnes of the race, regarded as one of the best organised in the world, special courts heard.

Skupian has lived in the UK for around 11 years and suffered a neck trauma in a serious gondola crash at the end of last year, pressuring him to take sick leave from a catering sell responsibility, Jamroz said.

Around the same time he separated from his wife and became homeless.

Shortly before the hasten Skupian suffered a short, temporary dislocation in his mental condition, she added.

He was arrested after police scoured the multi-faith prayer chamber at Heathrow airport, where he was discovered with items including primary and secondary schools worker’s ID card and a pink diary supporting overtime hours worked by airline staff.

Skupian viewed the airport as an interim dwelling and would pick up left-behind objectives to pass to lost owned, claiming he was going to return its consideration of this agenda item, special courts heard.

Skupian, who wore a grey jumper and used a Polish translator, pleaded guilty at the first opportunity last-place month to impostor by incorrect image and to three unrelated countings of theft.

” The offences are so serious as only a prison term will be sufficient ,” magistrate Michael O’Gorman said.

Skupian was sentenced to 13 weeks for the cases of fraud and three weeks for the crime offences, to be served consecutively.

He was also given a criminal action guild banning him from Heathrow airport for three years unless he had a pre-booked flight ticket for the working day.


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