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Father of city accountant, 23, who jumped to his death from the roof of PwC says his son 'died of shame' after racking up debts because of his online gambling addiction 

  • Josh Jones, died after falling from PwC's offices on London's South Bank 
  • 23-year-old worked as an associate graduate at the accountancy firm 
  • University of Surrey graduate had spent student and payday loans on habit
  • Father Martin, 63, says his son led 'double life' and had 'died of shame'  

By Martin Robinson, Uk Chief Reporter For Mailonline

Published: 11:55, 27 April 2016 | Updated: 14:31, 27 April 2016

 

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A young accountant who jumped to his death from his ten-storey office building 'died of shame' as he lost his battle with a secret gambling addiction.

Josh Jones, 23, died after plunging from employer PriceWaterhouseCoopers' headquarters on London's South Bank, where he worked as a graduate associate.

The talented mathematician and musician had secretly gambled away his student loan and then took out extortionate payday loans to feed his addiction to online poker and betting.

His heartbroken father Martin told his son's inquest at Southwark Coroner's Court that his son had led a 'double life' and has called for UK's £3.5billion online gambling industry to be reformed.

Tragedy: Josh Jones, 23, 'died of shame' after building up uncontrollable debt fuelled by his addiction to online gambling
 
 
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Tragedy: Josh Jones, 23, 'died of shame' after building up uncontrollable debt fuelled by his addiction to online gambling

Much loved: The graduate accountant hid his addiction from all but his closest friends and family and had even spent his student loan on his addiction
 
 
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Much loved: The graduate accountant hid his addiction from all but his closest friends and family and had even spent his student loan on his addiction
 
 
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Much loved: The graduate accountant hid his addiction from all but his closest friends and family and had even spent his student loan on his addiction

Investigation: Mr Jones body was found outside the accountancy firm PwC last August, where he worked as a graduate associate
 
 
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Investigation: Mr Jones body was found outside the accountancy firm PwC last August, where he worked as a graduate associate

Mr Jones told the inquest: 'Josh was good looking and intelligent and had a good job but he was addicted to gambling.

'He died of shame. He took his life because of gambling. We miss him terribly. Josh started taking out pay day loans at silly interest rates.

'He begged us not tell PwC about his gambling. He led a double life. With his hockey and music friends he was the life and soul of the party. We and some close friends knew the truth.' 

Coroner Shanta Deonarine said that Josh's death was suicide and that he had not taken drugs or consumed alcohol before he died.

She told the court: 'Joshua Jones suffered from a gambling addiction, he had a number of financial problems. I am sure that he took his own life.'

His father has called for reforms in the gambling regulations to prevent others being overwhelmed like his son was.

He told the Evening Standard outside court: ''This is such a waste of a young life with a promising future in front of him.

'There are some practical measures which could be adopted to reduce the possibility of another tragedy for another famil - betting firms and gambling web sites could introduce the option for permanent exclusion from their sites, instead of time limited exclusions which eventually permit continued gambling again.

'The betting and gambling industry could introduce effective cooperation to permit self exclusion from one site to be applied to all sites.

'Pay day lenders could adopt equivalent provisions for self exclusion, instead of merely waiting for a borrower to run up a debt and default. How many more deaths are needed before gambling addiction is taken more seriously?'

Josh Jones, 23,died after plunging from a tenth-storey roof terrace last week
 
 
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He was a University of Surrey graduate
 
 
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Josh Jones, 23,  died after plunging from a tenth-storey roof terrace on London's South Bank last year

Taped off: The scene where Josh tragically died after jumping to his death in August last year 
 
 
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Taped off: The scene where Josh tragically died after jumping to his death in August last year 

Josh was found dead outside his office in August last year, having hit rock bottom because if his spiralling gambling debts.

Many of his friends and colleagues knew nothing of his secret life as an online gambling.

MailOnline can reveal that Josh was already panicking about his addiction during his A-Levels, having spent £10,000 in three years, and the lies he was telling to his family.

His inquest heard that he had in fact spent that student loan money on gambling.

In a cry for help he wrote on an online forum: 'I've just been consumed by gambling - I'm scared for my sanity. I still just really want to play poker as I am confident now that if i had £500+ to play with I could make a living from it if I learnt to discipline myself.

I can't see a way out but am slowly aware I'm digging a hole... I just want to get my hands on the student loan 
Josh Jones online as an 18-year-old before going to university

'I'm not at a stage where I want to stop, I just can't imagine ever doing anything else other than playing poker for a living. I know it's sad, monotonous and geeky. 

'I can't see a way out but am slowly aware I'm digging a hole... I just want to get my hands on the student loan', and added: 'Is it legal to gamble your student loan?'

Despite these problems he did well at university and secured a good graduate job before he died. 

Chris Butter, PwC partner, said: 'Josh was a wonderful young man - bright and diligent. Those colleagues who were fortunate to have worked alongside him feel a great loss.

'Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.'

He had been a part of the accountancy firm's graduate training programme after spending a year there during his university work placement. 

 

 

 

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luckliy for me this is something that hasnt gripped me in anyway but i do know one or two people that are hooked on the casinos that have walked away with massive gains lost it all and still have found there way back in the mix

 

i dont really understand how you can get so hooked ffs

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Been clean nearly 4 months. Not going back

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Went on a hot casino phase at the end of college for 3 months. Stopped when I had to ask someone for money for the first time in my life, never again.

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If you haven't been bitten by the bug, best advice is to never touch it.

Could lose a grand in a night, shrug, and still go out that evening.

 

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i recently thought about doing the whole follow a pro gambler on twitter and mimic all his bets

a friend of mine does this during ascot and things like that

 

anyone done this?  can it work?

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7 minutes ago, Lionel & Dave said:

i recently thought about doing the whole follow a pro gambler on twitter and mimic all his bets

a friend of mine does this during ascot and things like that

 

anyone done this?  can it work?

most likely they'll make money with every loss their followers take

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niggers moving like nittys trying to reup in the bookies

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ya aff to take risks in life yaazee it

 

pmsl

monkey

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wouldn't even sleep

man was getting in it too deep

didn't even really wanna eat

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24 minutes ago, Blacksheet said:

ya aff to take risks in life yaazee it

 

pmsl

monkey

LOLOL

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I try stop but i cant 

luckliy my accounts are only linked to my throw away bank account otherwise 🙈

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You've either got the illness or u haven't for me once I start I can't stop til I'm back even or lose everything it's all or nothing my worst loss was 10 quid in the casino in two hours and I lost another ten chasing it throughout the next week putting a bag on 4 teams to win lol I'm done with it now I look at my mates and wonder how the fuck I was so dumb and I look at how much I'm up since I stopped and think fuck me I'd be rich if I'd never got into it

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Ive lost grands to the number 0

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not much can stop me from dabbling in the game, it's one of the little things that actually keep me going, though I am fully aware why I am addicted.

Rip to this young chap. I am in the exact opposite position crazily enough, gambling as of late is keeping me alive. If i don't have anything to focus on, I go down a hole. 

gambling addiction is almost like a drug, it takes your mind off/numb other things. 

when i die bury me inside the coral store

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14 minutes ago, RYDER. said:

not much can stop me from dabbling in the game, it's one of the little things that actually keep me going, though I am fully aware why I am addicted.

Rip to this young chap. I am in the exact opposite position crazily enough, gambling as of late is keeping me alive. If i don't have anything to focus on, I go down a hole. 

gambling addiction is almost like a drug, it takes your mind off/numb other things. 

when i die bury me inside the coral store

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fix up lil nigga this shit is not cool 

 

get help while its early 

 

 

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27 minutes ago, RYDER. said:

not much can stop me from dabbling in the game, it's one of the little things that actually keep me going, though I am fully aware why I am addicted.

Rip to this young chap. I am in the exact opposite position crazily enough, gambling as of late is keeping me alive. If i don't have anything to focus on, I go down a hole. 

gambling addiction is almost like a drug, it takes your mind off/numb other things. 

when i die bury me inside the coral store

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wowwwwwwwwwwwww.......

this explains alot

 

fix up my g this is definatley not the answer

 

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Knew 1 don would cane the slot machines during school break.

Be in the pub after school aswell.

He was the supervisor when we worked at Wembley stadium aswell, fucking idiots gave him all of our wages to dish out, slapped it down on slots, bare of us were chasing him down for months.

Still owes me £44, can never forget.

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2 minutes ago, Cole Des said:

Knew 1 don would cane the slot machines during school break.

Be in the pub after school aswell.

He was the supervisor when we worked at Wembley stadium aswell, fucking idiots gave him all of our wages to dish out, slapped it down on slots, bare of us were chasing him down for months.

Still owes me £44, can never forget.

lmaooooooooooooooo

 

ffs

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Ryder I understand where you are coming from, replace the habit with something less destructive.

Didn't you used to do short films and stuff?

What happened to that?

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3 minutes ago, Cole Des said:

Knew 1 don would cane the slot machines during school break.

Be in the pub after school aswell.

He was the supervisor when we worked at Wembley stadium aswell, fucking idiots gave him all of our wages to dish out, slapped it down on slots, bare of us were chasing him down for months.

Still owes me £44, can never forget.

:lmao::lmao:

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I had 1 gambling weekend.

Was on a run of like 14 wins in a row, was thinking this ting is childs play lol.

All drawing up charts to make a mill by next month lol.

Remember John Higgings was losing to some no name don like 6-1, came back to 6-6 and missed a simple black to take the game :/

Lost half the dough

Then I put the rest on England to beat Ukraine I think.

Duck mouth Rio did some sloppy backpass and Shevchenko finished off my pot.

Called it a day after that.

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14 hours ago, Don.j.w said:

You've either got the illness or u haven't for me once I start I can't stop til I'm back even or lose everything it's all or nothing my worst loss was 10 quid in the casino in two hours and I lost another ten chasing it throughout the next week putting a bag on 4 teams to win lol I'm done with it now I look at my mates and wonder how the fuck I was so dumb and I look at how much I'm up since I stopped and think fuck me I'd be rich if I'd never got into it

A while 10 quid? Fucking hell geez, I'm surprised you didnt jump off a building too

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