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Teacher who took his own life became addicted to gambling after winning £1,000 in less than 30 seconds

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Mr Clough said his friend won £1,000 in less than 30 seconds and after that Jack’s attitude towards gambling changed as he started chasing after his losses and looking for the big win.

Witnesses whose testimonies were read at the inquest described how no one realized the extent of Jack’s problems until he committed suicide while teaching English in Vietnam on 22 November 2017.

Forensic evidence presented at the inquest showed he was a regular visitor to an online gambling website in the days before his death.

Potential breach of duty of care

Mr and Mrs Ritchie believe the inquest, which is due to last two weeks, is the first so-called Article 2 inquiry into a case relating to a gambling suicide. This means that its scope will include a review to determine whether any branch of the state breached its obligation to protect Mr Ritchie’s right to life.

At the start of the proceedings, David Urpeth, a Sheffield senior coroner, said the evidence would cover topics such as what information Jack and his family had about the risks of gambling, as well as the medical treatments available to him.

Mr Urpeth said his review of the death of Sheffield United fan Jack will include “whether gambling caused or contributed to his death”.

Senior officials from the Department of Health and Social Care and the Gambling Commission are to provide evidence as part of the investigation. The hearing continues.