Bodybuilder Bradley Soper passed away last Sunday after breaking into a home in Sydney, however it has now been revealed that he had been found lying in a creek, in what has been described as a “delirious” state, by police just weeks earlier.
The personal trainer wandered into the home of Johan Francois Shwartz last weekend and died after falling unconscious during a struggle with the 44-year-old homeowner, who had been awoken by the sound of his dogs barking.
According to The Sunday Telegraph, the 35-year-old was hospitalised just one month before his death after officers discovered him lying in Cabramatta Creek, hallucinating, delirious and with an abnormally high body temperature of 39.1 degrees.
Reports suggest that Soper had driven his motorbike to a nearby primary school and smashed several windows, triggering an alarm which led the deputy principal to alert police.
Earlier this week, Soper’s father Raymond spoke to the Daily Mail and claimed his son was suffering a “breakdown” following a split from his long-term girlfriend.
Raymond claimed his son’s mental state had deteriorated over the past few months, explaining that the alleged home invasion was completely unlike Brad.
“All I can say is it was all out of character for Bradley,” he said. “We feel that he’s had some sort of a breakdown or something. There’s no way he would go into anyone’s place intentionally, there’s just no way.”
Raymond’s comments followed confirmation on Tuesday from New South Wales Police that a male intruder died inside a home at Westwood Court on Sunday morning. Police also confirmed that Schwartz’ wife and baby were inside the home at the time.
The exact cause of Soper’s death has not yet been determined but it is unlikely that Schwartz, who was initially questioned before being released without charge, will face any charges as homeowners are entitled to use reasonable force to protect their property.
Additional tests, including toxicology to determine what drugs, if any, were in Soper’s system, before the case goes to the coroner.