'State responsible for gambling addict's death' say family
State authorities should be held responsible for the death of a 24-year-old gambling addict who killed himself after being "past the point of controlling myself", his family has argued during his inquest.
Jack Ritchie, from Sheffield, who started gambling when he was 17, took his own life in Hanoi, Vietnam, in November 2017, aged 24.
Mr Ritchie's parents, Charles and Liz Ritchie, have asked that Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights - the right to life - be engaged in his inquest
This would have the effect of enhancing the inquest, and happens when the state, or an arm of the state, is considered to have potentially breached its duty to protect the citizen's right to life.
Paul Greaney QC, representing the family during the hearing at Sheffield Coroner's Court, said: "We submit that it is not fanciful to suggest that a breach of that obligation led to Jack's death due to the clear evidence that his gambling addiction was implicated in his death."