The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

I re­fer to your var­i­ous ar­ti­cles re­gard­ing my charges and the cus­to­dial sen­tence I got at Har­row Crown Court on Oc­to­ber 30. My ac­tions are noth­ing to be proud of, they were wrong, al­most bar­baric. What I did to my own fam­ily was some­thing peo­ple can’t ever imag­ine and the judge was cor­rect when he said that my se­vere gam­bling ad­dic­tion had led me to do things which were ‘’frankly un­be­liev­able’’. There are two things I would like to say on this mat­ter. First, my fam­ily, wife and chil­dren are vic­tims and not guilty by as­so­ci­a­tion. It is be­cause of my ac­tions, for ex­am­ple, that my son will have to cel­e­brate his bar­mitz­vah with­out his fa­ther by his side.

Sec­ond, if there is one good thing that I hope can come from this, it is that peo­ple with ad­dic­tions will read my story and take ac­tion now be­fore it is too late. There are peo­ple to talk to — so do it now. Dan Ja­cobs, HMP Worm­wood Scrubs, Lon­don W12

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