Cruise ship FACES legal action over ‘immoral and offensive’ casino conduct after gambler commits suicide


P&O Cruises is under investigation by a leading Australian law firm over ‘immoral and offensive’ gambling conduct after Shane Dixon fell overboard after racking up a massive casino debt.

Carter Capner Law director Peter Carter, who is also a former national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, has revealed his company has launched an investigation into the luxury cruise ship company after the death of Shane, 45, on May 6. 

What Happened?

This comes after Mr Dixon fell to his death over amassing a $9000 casino debt onboard the Pacific Adventure while being offered gambling incentives such as free drinks and a free cruise voucher.

It is gathered that gamblers were told self-exclusion was not an option or were interrogated and held onboard by staff after being unable to settle their bills.

What Are the Charges Against P&O Cruise Ship?

Mr Carter said P&O’s conduct is arguably misleading and deceptive, and that preventing passengers and their relatives from disembarking is unlawful.

‘Providing free alcohol, offering free cruises for those who gamble more, and allowing automatic credit are all examples of egregious conduct,’ he said.

‘Most would agree that this is immoral and unconscionable, but whatever label you use, it is definitely offensive.’

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Mr Carter said none of these actions are generally allowed in Australian venues.

‘I accept that these passengers are adults and choose to gamble knowing the risk, but we are talking about practices that prey on vulnerabilities and actively incentivise people to lose money,’ he said.

‘Then strong-arm tactics are engaged to recover the debt.’

Mr. Carter

He also warned P&O that it is illegal to detain people for a debt and that significant compensation is payable for doing so.

‘The practice of preventing passengers and their families from leaving the ship and interrogating them – even for short periods – while in an Australian port is against the law,’ he said.

What Will Happen Now?

The investigation will delve into the company’s practices and solutions for the recovery of financial losses incurred by former passengers and damages for unlawful imprisonment.

‘There may be legal recourse in a variety of ways and passengers who have been affected have a right to consider this,’ he said.

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