Brit killed in Thailand was ‘brainwashed,’ claims former partner

The 41-year-old was six months pregnant with her second child, living in Thailand with her new partner, 29-year-old Danny Glass, when she was killed in a horror accident.

A mum who was hit and killed by a lorry in Thailand had been brainwashed by a quack medic who prescribed turps for autism, claims her former partner.

British video blogger Sophie Anderson had 81,000 ­YouTube followers and was six months pregnant when she died.

She changed from a “strong, ­confident woman into a ghost” after she hooked up with Danny Glass, according to her ­long-term love John Coleman.

Sophie, 41, died instantly after falling off the back of fellow Brit Glass’s ­motorbike into the path of a truck.

Sophie met Danny Glass, a former heroin addict, on her travels

The baby she was carrying was his. She had met Glass, a former heroin addict, on her travels and the two were living in Phuket, Thailand, when tragedy struck.

Now John, 51, father of their six-year-old boy Shaye, tells how Sophie’s life was thrown into chaos by Glass

John claims Glass convinced her he could transform her life with treatments and medicines but they were all dodgy.

In January the Sunday People exposed Glass for peddling dangerous “cures” for autistic children, including advocating bleach and turpentine drinks.

He controversially promoted the ­treatments to remove “parasites” from children with the condition.

John Coleman says Sophie Anderson changed from a “strong, confident woman into a ghost” (Image: John Coleman)

Talking for the first time, IT specialist John, who now lives in Bangkok, said: “If she’d never met Danny she’d still be here.

“They split up a few months ­before Sophie died and she came to see me upset. She told me she and Danny were always rowing but that she didn’t want to let go of the relationship.

“She wanted the family, the kids and the dream he’d promised her. But she knew things weren’t right.

“She’d found out from a friend that Danny didn’t want to be with an older woman or a single mum and didn’t want children around.”

Before she met Glass, Sophie’s YouTube channel, featuring video blogs of her breast feeding baby Shaye, earned millions of hits.

The mum, from Blackpool, Lancs, even appeared on TV promoting natural ­feeding. Sophie shared tips on ­attachment parenting – a close physical bond with baby – healthy eating, pregnancy and sex.

She posted sunshine-filled videos from her home in Thailand.

Sophie broke off her eight-year relationship with John after meeting fellow blogger Glass (Image: John Coleman)

But behind her online success in ­paradise, Sophie’s life was falling apart.

She broke off her eight-year ­relationship with John after meeting ­fellow blogger Glass, from Margate, Kent.

Then after a temporary break-up in January 2017 when she visited John, she returned to Glass. And last May, within 18 months of first hooking up with him, Sophie died in a road crash.

Glass, 30, was given a two-year ­suspended sentence in Thailand after admitting causing her death by ­reckless driving.

Hours after she died, John flew from Bangkok to Phuket so he and Glass could tell Shaye his mum was never coming back.

John says: “It was ­awful. We told him ­Mummy wasn’t here any more and what had ­happened. There were a lot of questions such as, ‘Did the lorry really run her over?’ and ‘Why didn’t mummy get out of the way?’ I took him straight home to Bangkok with me.

“For weeks he had some dark times at bedtime and couldn’t get to sleep. I don’t think he could understand why Sophie wasn’t with him any more. They’d had such an amazingly close relationship.”

Glass’s video, which contained details of Sophie’s accident, was slammed by followers (Image: SWNS)

John was shocked when Glass posted a bizarre YouTube video with grisly ­details of the accident.

His graphic description of Sophie’s injuries was slammed by followers. John adds: “It was an odd post to say the least. I don’t know why he did it.”

John tells how Sophie had been depressed ­after a series of rows with Glass, who she met at a Christmas party in Thailand in 2015.

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After the bust-up in January 2017 she posted a tearful video to followers saying she felt “emotionally insecure” with Danny. She added: “I cannot be in contact with him because I do not feel safe with him. I’ve allowed myself to stay in a situation I have not felt safe with for a long time.’”

Sophie then visited John in Bangkok and they talked about the possibility of living together again.

But the last time John saw Sophie was the weekend before the accident after flying to Phuket to visit Shaye.

It was a grim encounter, said John, who first met Sophie in 2008 at a raw food festival in Cornwall.

He recalled: “She was living in a really basic apartment, two doors down from Danny because they’d decided not to live together.

“Sophie was always a really tidy person but the place was a mess. Her front door had a big crack in the middle and the bathroom sink was full of dirty bowls and stale water. It was a bit like a junkie’s squat.

The Sunday People exposed Glass for peddling dangerous “cures” for children with autism

“Sophie had always been quite a strong ­character. One of her nicknames was soapy Sophie because she always had some drama going on, but she had overcome a difficult upbringing and was in a good place when we first went travelling two years earlier.

“She looked like a ghost of her former self, nothing like the strong, confident and happy woman I’d known for so many years.”

John says when he and Sophie first met Glass the three were friends.

“But it was clear she had feelings for him,” said John. “When I started to get jealous she asked me to move out. She was so cold about it. That wasn’t Sophie at all.”

John had hoped they would get back ­together for Shaye’s sake.

“It was useless,” he said. “Danny appealed to her in so many ways. He was younger and had a strong interest in alternative health, something Sophie had always been ­interested in. But they weren’t good for each other. She told me they had a volatile relationship and would often get upset by their arguing. She had gone from being pretty strong to relying on him.

“It didn’t seem right to me that she should face such stress while pregnant, so when they split up a couple of months before she died I told her I would get a flat and we could live together to co-parent Shaye. I wanted to help protect her. But, like every other time, she went back to him. If only she had listened.”

John, now bringing up Shaye alone, adds: on: “I feel blessed to have shared some ­wonderful years with Sophie. Shaye still ­sometimes asks about what happened to his mum. I try my best to answer his questions.

“He will always miss her and there’s nothing that can be done to fill that gap.”

 


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