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Video: Hoax collar bomber who terrorised schoolgirl jailed for 13 years

James Grubel

Published 20/11/2012 | 10:08

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Paul Douglas Peters

A MAN who strapped a fake collar bomb around the neck of a Sydney schoolgirl and then fled to the United States was jailed for 13 and a half years today after an Australian court ruled he had instilled unimaginable fear into his victim.

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The case sparked an international manhunt and led to a tense 10 hours for teenager Madeleine Pulver after the man broke into her family's luxury home last August and strapped what he said was a bomb around her neck, leaving a note demanding money.

The collar bomb turned out to be fake.

He sentenced Peters, who pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter, to 13 years and six months in prison, with a minimum 10 years to be served before he can apply for parole.

Outside the court, Pulver said she was pleased Peters would not be able to reoffend, and that the court acknowledged the impact of his crime on her family.

"It was good to hear the judge acknowledge the trauma (Peters) has put my family and me through," she said. (Reporting by James Grubel; Editing by Nick Macfie

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