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Horror for family after medical student with huge gambling debts set fire to himself in front of his son, inquest hears



• Bylent Troshupa, 53, became erratic after losing money betting 12 hours a day 

A former maths prodigy and promising medical student burned himself to death in front of his teenage son after running up gambling debts of £250,000, an inquest heard.

Bylent ‘Bill’ Troshupa, 53, became erratic and angry after losing thousands betting 12 hours a day through the pandemic with firms including William Hill and 888.

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

But the father-of-two arrived with a knife, jerry can of fuel and envelope full of cash while his son was at home alone last November.

He started banging on the door demanding to be let in before posting the money through the letterbox, stepping back and setting himself on fire.

The distressed son called his mother as she drove back to Waltham Abbey, Essex, from work at around 8.30pm and said ‘his father was on fire’ outside.

Bylent ‘Bill’ Troshupa, 53, became erratic and angry after losing thousands betting 12 hours a day through the pandemic

Miss Martin rushed home to find Mr Troshupa ‘on fire, screaming while falling to the floor’. A neighbour ran out with a hosepipe before dowsing him with a blanket but his burns were too severe.

Emergency services battled for 90 minutes at the scene before he was intubated to keep him comfortable and flown by helicopter to Broomfield Hospital.

Dr Niall Martin, from the burns unit, said he suffered a cardio-pulmonary arrest and died at 1.30am. Senior coroner Lincoln Brookes recorded a verdict of suicide at Chelmsford coroner’s court.

Miss Martin, who also has a daughter, aged 22, sat through the one-hour hearing in tears clutching the hands of two friends. The inquest comes after ministers have been criticised for delaying a White Paper on gambling regulations which are expected to be watered down.

Afterwards Miss Martin, who has become a vocal campaigner for victims of gambling addiction, told the Daily Mail: ‘The Government needs to step up action.

‘This is not about the death of my husband. This has affected me, it has affected our children, it has affected his family.

‘But this is just the tip of the iceberg, there are over 400 suicides each year and thousands more on anti-depressants and suffering mental health problems.’

The court heard Mr Troshupa was a maths prodigy as a child, winning a national competition in his native Kosovo and coming third across the former Yugoslavia.

Julie Martin, 51, (pictured arriving at Chelmsford Coroner’s Court in Essex). Miss Martin rushed home to find Mr Troshupa ‘on fire, screaming while falling to the floor’

He was in his second year studying medicine in Croatia when the Balkans War started and he had to flee on the last flight out as he was at risk from Serbian nationalists as an ethnic Kosovan Muslim.

Mr Troshupa arrived in London but none of his qualifications were recognised so he worked as a driver. He met Miss Martin and they married but he had mental health problems from gambling.

In lockdown, he was put on furlough and separated from his wife after being convicted of assaulting her in September 2020.

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.’ (Daily Mail)

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President Joe Biden tumbles, falls during graduation ceremony



President Joe Biden took a face-first tumble on Thursday after tripping over an obstacle on stage at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, but he appeared unhurt.

Biden, 80, who had delivered the commencement address to graduates of the military academy, had just shaken hands with a cadet and begun walking back to his seat when he fell.

Air Force personnel helped him back up and he did not appear to require further help.

As he rose, Biden pointed to the object that had apparently caught his foot. It resembled a small black sandbag on the stage.

White House Communications Director Ben LaBolt tweeted shortly afterward that “he’s fine. There was a sandbag on stage while he was shaking hands.”

Biden is the oldest person ever in the presidency and is seeking a second term in the 2024 election. His official doctor’s report this year declared him physically fit and he exercises regularly.

In November 2020, shortly after winning his election against the incumbent Donald Trump, Biden broke his foot while playing with a pet dog.


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Good sex secret to my long life — 102-year-old woman



•102-Years Old Joyce Jackman
A 102-year-old British woman, identified as Joyce Jackman, has attributed her longevity to good sex.

Jackman, who celebrated her 102nd birthday on May 9, stated that “good sex and good sherry” leads to long-term satisfaction, NY Post reports.

According to her, a combination of both has helped her live for over a century.

Speaking about her birthday celebration, the centenarian said, “I had such a lovely day.

“I can’t believe I’m 102. It must be all the chocolate I eat that’s helped!”

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Arrested Asiana Airlines passenger gives reason for opening plane door midair



The Asiana Airlines plane landed at Daegu with its door open

A man who opened an emergency exit on an Asiana Airlines flight in mid-air felt “suffocated” and wanted to get off quickly, South Korean police said on Saturday.

The plane was carrying nearly 200 passengers as it approached the runway on Friday at Daegu International Airport, about 240 kilometres (149 miles) southeast of Seoul, on a domestic flight.

When the plane was around 200 meters (650 feet) above ground, the man who police said was in his 30s without providing further details, opened the exit door.

The passenger was taken in by Daegu police for questioning and told officers he had been “under stress after losing a job recently”.

“He felt the flight was taking longer than it should have been and felt suffocated inside the cabin,” a Daegu police detective told AFP.

“He wanted out quickly”.

The passenger faces up to 10 years in prison for violating aviation safety laws.

A video clip shot by a nearby passenger showed wind ripping through the open door, with fabric seat-backs and passengers’ hair flapping wildly as some people shouted in surprise.

Another video shared on social media showed passengers sitting in the emergency exit row next to an open door being buffeted by strong winds.

A dozen passengers were taken to hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties but there were no major injuries or damage, according to the transport ministry.

“It was chaos with people close to the door appearing to faint one by one and flight attendants calling out for doctors on board,” a 44-year-old passenger told Yonhap.

“I thought the plane was blowing up. I thought I was going to die like this.”

A transport ministry official told AFP that this was “the first such incident” they were aware of in Korean aviation history.

Experts say South Korea’s aviation industry has a solid safety record

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