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Trainee ‘died of shame’

28 April 2016

Trainee accountant Joshua Jones who jumped to his death last summer from the ninth floor of PwC’s London offices ‘died of shame’ after being overwhelmed by his gambling addiction, his father told the recent inquest.

His heartbroken father, Martin Jones, explained that his son, who was just 23, had lead a double life.

He revealed that when he went to Sussex University Josh blew all his student loans on gambling, and at the time of his death owed up to £40,000 to banks, loan firms, friends and family.

He told the coroner Shanta Deonarine that: “Josh begged us not to tell PwC about his gambling. With his hockey and music friends he was life and soul of the party. We and some close friends knew the truth.”

PwC’s Chris Butter said: “Josh was a wonderful young man – bright and diligent, Those colleagues who were fortunate to have worked alongside him feel a great loss.”

His father felt that more needed to be done to put pressure on the gambling industry to help addicts. In particular he wants to see a shake-up of the online gambling industry so addicts can be permanently excluded from sites.

The Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide.

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