Alan Jones (U.K.)
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NACSA NEWS May/June 1995
A father worried about the Child Support Agency arranged his own funeral
before taking his life in his bedsit.
Alan Jones whose wife had been contacted by the CSA was found dead in bed
after not being seen for nine days. The Coroner, John Wain, said "... I realise
that he was very conscious of the CSA and I feel that his own thoughts about the
matter ... played a substantial part in (his) intention to take his own life."
Mr Jones, aged 44 and a former British Rail worker from Fenton in
Staffordshire, split from his wife in 1985 but had remained close to her and
their son; he continued to pay maintenance and provide extras for the family,
visiting most days. However he became "very concerned and furious" when the CSA
became involved. In particular he became worried about the situation concerning
his first wife and her daughter. Alan's uncle, anti-CSA campaigner Roy Griffiths
of Newstead, confirmed that Alan had arranged his own funeral and he also found
a bundle of CSA press cuttings and a suicide note whilst clearing his nephew' s
flat after his death (see below). Roy said "The CSA drove Alan to breaking
WITH REFERENCE TO THE ABOVE, WHICH WAS BROUGHT IN
THROUGH PARLIAMENT LAST YEAR , (ALL PARTIES)
I ENCLOSE PAPER CUTTINGS WHICH APPLY ALSO TO
MYSELF AND NO DOUBT MANY OTHERS.
THERE HAVE BEEN DEATHS DUE TO THIS AND I CAN
TELL YOU NOW MY NAME WILL AT SOME TIME BE ANOTHER
The above is re-creation of the suicide note left by Alan Jones, found by his uncle.
Posted 2006 09 04