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A man has this week been sentenced for 'chopping off' his own legs beneath the wheels of a train in an attempt to claim a £2.4 million insurance payout.
The court discovered the man, from Nyircsaszari, Hungary, had taken out 14 high-risk life insurance policies in the year preceding the incident.
But Sandor Cs., whose name is kept secret due to local privacy laws, has claimed his innocence.
Sandor insisted he had stepped on a shard of glass and fallen out in front of the moving train during the incident in 2014.
Sandor, 54, said: "I find the ruling very peculiar. Naturally, it isn't what I expected. I am disappointed.
"I need to see this through to the end because, as is, this is not right, and the court must feel the same way."
Sandor also claimed to have received financial advice encouraging him to take the policies out.
According to his advisor, insurance policies make better returns on savings accounts.
But the negative returns for Sandor will include a hefty payout, potential prison time, and two lost limbs.
Sandor's legs were amputated from the knee below after he lay them on the line all those seven years ago.
He's used prosthetic limbs and a wheelchair ever since and claims the medical bills and legal fees have now bankrupted him.
Sandor's wife also applied for the payouts, but all the insurance companies suspected fraud.
The man lost his job installing home boilers in Hungary and abroad in the thermal energy sector, which worsened the amputee's financial situation.
But Sandor is not without hope after the decision made by Pest Central District Court on Tuesday this week.
He may have a two-year suspended prison sentence and £4,725 fine to cover the court's legal costs, but he's now determined to study law.
He hopes one day to support other people who have been abused by big companies.
Sandor still has several pending insurance claims based on the incident.
But after the court's ruling this week, there's a small chance any of the insurance companies will cough up.
It is yet to be confirmed whether Sandor will be able to appeal the decision he claims to be false.
Words by: Charlie Metcalfe
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