Brother, 20, killed himself after £130 debt spiralled to £1,000.

Brother reveals how courier, 20, whose £130 debt had spiralled to £1,000 searched the internet for ways to kill himself as bailiffs waited outside

  • Jerome Rogers, 20, killed himself after his two £65 fines escalated to £1000  
  • His heartbroken family are campaigning for urgent reforms on bailiff procedures
  • A BBC documentary on Mr Rogers’ story entitled ‘Killed by Debt’ airs tonight

Jerome Rogers was found hanged in woodland

The brother of a young man who killed himself after being hounded by bailiffs has spoken out about his death as part of his family’s campaign for a reform on bailiff procedures.

Jerome Rogers, 20, was unable to pay two £65 fines, while working as a courier for CitySprint, straight away and they increased dramatically as a result of him missing the two-week deadline.

He was tragically found hanged in a wooded area near his home in Croydon, South London, on March 7 last year.

At his inquest at Croydon Coroner’s Court in April last year, coroner Jacqueline Devonish recorded a verdict of suicide and raised concerns at the debt-collection company’s practices, according to The Guardian.

Mr Roger’s heartbroken family are now campaigning for urgent reform on bailiff procedures.

They are also calling for an independent regulator to be installed and and given recognition.   

His brother, Nat Rogers, has spoken about his family’s plight ahead of his sibling’s tragic tale being told in a BBC Three drama, Killed By My Debt, which airs tonight.

Speaking to The Sun from his home in East Croydon, South London, Nat, 28, a contract engineer said: ‘No one should have to find their little brother like that. 

‘It breaks my heart to think of him alone in those final moments but as difficult as it is to talk about, I cannot let his death be in vain.’

Mr Rogers’ family are unhappy at the way his debts were dealt with for the fines, including bailiffs being sent to his home to clamp the motorbike he needed to work as a courier.   

Mr Rogers said: ‘On the day he disappeared a bailiff had been outside for two-and-a-half hours. We now know that while the bailiff was outside, Jerome was alone in his room searching for ways to end his life and searching for payday loans.’

The case is believed to be the first in which a suicide has been linked to a bailiff visit.  

Coroner, Mrs Devonish, said that the bailiff dealing with Mr Rogers’ case had behaved responsibly.  

But Mr Rogers’ mother Tracey is convinced bailiffs are to blame for her son’s death.

She previously said in a statement: ‘As a family we want nothing like this to happen to anyone else.

‘It rips you apart. I believe without his money problem he would still be here.’ 


At Mr Rogers’ inquest at Croydon Crown Court the coroner raised concerns about bailiffs

The BBC programme, Killed By My Debt, which airs tonight, tells Mr Rogers’ tragic story

Mr Rogers searched for ways to kill himself online after his £130 debt escalated to £1,000

The motorcycle courier was found hanged in a wooded area near his home in Croydon

Several charities expressed concerns about bailiff methods in a report, which was published last year.      

A spokesman for Camden Council  said after Mr Rogers’ inquest that bailiffs with had a contract with the local authority were expected to abide by a code of practice. 

According to debt charity, Step Change Debt, around 3.3 million people in the UK experience severe debt problems.

Two thirds of their clients in 2017 were under 40 and one in seven under 25

For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch 



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