A 54-year-old Hungarian man who lost both legs after being run over by a train has lost his bid to get over $4 million in compensation, reports local media outlet Blikk.
The Pest Central District Court ruled the defendant, named only as Sandor Cs. due to Hungary’s privacy laws, deliberately put himself in the train’s path so he could collect the money.
Not only that but the defendant got a two-year suspended prison sentence and was ordered to pay $7,950 in legal costs.
“I find the ruling very peculiar, naturally it isn’t what I expected, I am disappointed.’ the defendant told Blikk.
“I need to see this through to the end because, as is, this is not right, and the court must feel the same way.”
The man has been under investigation since July 30, 2014, when he was run over by a train in the Hungarian village of Nyircsaszari and had to have his legs amputated from the knee down as a result of his injuries.
Authorities became suspicious when they found out the defendant took out 14 high-risk life insurances policies in the year leading up to the incident.
The defendant, who uses both a wheelchair and prosthetic limbs, countered he took out the policies because financial advisors told him returns are better on insurance policies than savings accounts.
While authorities think his injuries were self-inflicted, he claims he lost his balance after stepping on a shard of glass and fell in front of the train just as it was leaving the station.
To make matters more complicated, the train conductor initially said the defendant fell but later changed his story to say he threw himself in front of the train.
The defendant used to install boilers but his job ended when he lost his legs and says the injury and court case have bankrupted him.
He says he’s now studying law with the hope of helping people who have been taken advantage of by big companies.
It’s not known if he’ll be able to appeal the court decision.