Mystery Deepens Around Man Who Died In Suspected Home Invasion
The man who died following a confrontation with a Sydney homeowner during a suspected home invasion has been revealed.
Bradley Soper, 34, lost consciousness during a physical altercation with father Francois Schwartz after entering his home in Harrington Park in the city's south-west on Sunday.
Soper was a personal trainer and weightlifter who worked at a gym in the suburb of Narellan.
The website for his business, School of Strong, said he had more than 12 years of experience as a coach, trainer and athlete and won Asia's Stronger Man under 90 kilograms in 2017.
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to their "Strongman" on social media, saying his apparent actions appeared "out of character".
The team at XXX Fight Academy gym said it is "absolutely devastated" by news of Soper's death.
"Brad's dedication to his sport and training was nothing short of inspiring; he always put in the work to achieve his goals," it wrote on Facebook.
The post was removed from Facebook on Tuesday morning. 10 daily has contacted the gym for comment.
Police said Scwhartz, 44, awoke to the sound of his dogs at about 7.30am and found Soper in his loungeroom before the confrontation ensued.
Two members of the public commenced CPR before emergency services arrived, but paramedics were unable to revive Soper and he died at the scene.
Police are continuing their investigations and are awaiting the outcome of a post-mortem examination to determine his cause of death.
Friend and personal trainer Peter Tsikas described Soper as a "kind man" and "big teddy bear" whose apparent actions were at odds with his character and the way he had lived his life.
"He's big and strong but he always loved people, so that's what doesn't seem right," Tsikas told the ABC.
Schwartz was taken into custody for questioning and was released without charge on Sunday night pending further police inquiries.
NSW Police Chief Inspector Shane Woolbank previously said people are "entitled to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property".
According to criminal defence lawyer Oman Juweinat, a "reasonable person" would likely feel threatened and fear for their family if they found an intruder in their home.
He said that could form the basis of a legal defence.
"You wake up to find an intruder ... I'd be perplexed if police charged an occupant for defending their family," he told AAP.
"If he was prosecuted, it would shake up the law in a way I've never seen."
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