Dad burned himself to death in front of son after racking up £250k gambling debt

A dad and former maths prodigy has burned himself to death in front of his 16-year-old son after racking up gambling debts of £250,000, an inquest heard.

Bylent "Bill" Troshupa, 53, was said to have been erratic and angry after losing thousands through the pandemic while betting for 12 hours a day with WilliamHill and 888.

His marriage had broken down and a restraining order prevented him from visiting wife Julie Martin, 51, and their 16-year-old son.

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But in a horror scene, Troshupa showed up at the property with a jerry can of fuel, a knife, and an envelope full of money when his son was home alone last November.

The father is said to have started banging on the door and demanded to be let into the property before posting the envelope of cash through the letterbox.

He then stepped back and set himself on fire, with his distressed son calling mum Julie saying "his father was on fire" outside.

Miss Martin is said to have rushed back to the property from work where she found Troshupa "on fire, screaming while falling to the floor".

A neighbour is said to have used a hosepipe on Troshupa before throwing a blanket over him, but the burns were too severe.

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Emergency services battled for 90 minutes at the scene to try and save Troshupa, before he was intubated and flown to Broomfield Hospital, where he died after a cardio-pulmonary arrest.

Troshupa had been in his second year studying medicine in Croatia when he fled to London due to the Balkans War.

Upon arriving in London, his qualifications were not recognised so he worked as a driver until he was furloughed during the pandemic.

He was then separated from his wife after being convicted of assaulting her in September 2020, Daily Mail reported.

Miss Martin said: "He was defeated by the loss of what his life could have been. I think this is why he started gambling and it destroyed him."

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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