'Out of character': Man killed in home invasion was champion body builder

| 18.02,19. 06:07 PM |

'Out of character': Man killed in home invasion was champion body builder

Photo: Brad Soper had spent time in hospital recently for kidney failure. (Facebook)

Friends and colleagues of an intruder who died after an altercation with a homeowner in Sydney's south-west say his actions were out of character.

Bradley Soper, 34, entered the house on Westwood Court at Harrington Park around 7:30am yesterday.

Police said the homeowner discovered him in the lounge room and a physical struggle ensued.

Soper lost consciousness and died at the scene, despite neighbours' efforts to revive him.

The ABC has been told Soper had spent some time in hospital for kidney failure in the weeks leading up to his death.

It is believed the body builder and personal trainer's girlfriend had recently broken up with him, he was struggling for money and was also battling a cocaine addiction.

Fellow personal trainer Peter Tsikas said he was "pretty shocked" by news of Soper's death and did not think him capable of invading a home.

"No, he's a big teddy bear," he said.

"He's big and strong but he always loved people, so that's what doesn't seem right."

Mr Tsikas said his friend's death was at odds with the way he had lived life.

"He was a kind man, he always looked after everyone else first.

"It doesn't make sense and that's why we're trying to put the pieces together, because we don't know what's happening — it just doesn't seem right."

The website for Soper's personal training business, School of Strong, said he had more than 12 years' experience as a strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer and athlete.

He entered strongman competitions, coming third in the Strongman Champions League world challenge in India last year, and was the winner of Asia's strongest man in 2017.

The owner of the Harrington Park home, Francois Schwartz, 44, was questioned extensively by police yesterday and released without charge, pending further investigations.

His wife and young child were at home at the time of the incident.

NSW Police Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank said people were entitled to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property.


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