The family of a talented footballer have blamed the “lure of online gambling” for trapping him in a vicious circle which only ended when he leapt 150 ft to his death.
Adam Billing was found at the foot of Moorswater Viaduct in Liskeard on April 11 shortly after he sent agonised text messages to his family saying he was sorry.
In his van, parked nearby, were several suicide notes and numerous bank statements indicating he was heavily in debt and had taken money from the building company he ran with his best friend.
At the end of an inquest yesterday which recorded a verdict that he had taken his own life, his heartbroken mother, Karen, father, Bill, and sister, Shelley, paid tribute to a young man whose life was ruined by gambling.
They said Mr Billing, a former Liskeard, Dobwalls and Plymouth Argyle footballer, had “lived his life to the full, packing more into his 27-years than most of us will do in a whole lifetime.”
However, they said their fun loving “joker” had been left depressed by a knee injury which hindered his sporting achievements and an assault in which his ear had been bitten off.
“It is the family’s opinion that Adam turned to online gambling after a number of personal circumstances left him at a low ebb and made him vulnerable to the lure of online gambling,” said Mrs Billing, on behalf of the family.
“Unfortunately, within a few weeks, Adam became caught in a vicious circle and could not see another way out.” She said that the whole family felt online gambling was too readily available and have since approached their MP, Sheryl Murray, to investigate