Girl survives 10-hour ordeal with bomb around her neck
THE leafy Sydney suburb of Mosman had never seen anything like the drama unfolding inside one of its waterfront mansions yesterday. For 10 hours, experts worked to free an 18-year-old from a suspected bomb strapped to her neck by a balaclava-clad intruder, finally releasing her unharmed just before midnight.
Madeleine Pulver, the daughter of Bill Pulver, a prominent businessman and one of Sydney's richest men, was at home alone when the man broke in at about 2pm. After attaching the device, he reportedly hung a note demanding money around her neck, then left.
The terrified girl managed to phone her father, who contacted police.
As neighbours gathered at the police cordon, and Madeleine's distraught parents, Bill and Belinda, waited outside their multimillion-dollar house, unable to speak to her, two explosives experts began the delicate operation of removing what police called a "very elaborate, very sophisticated device".
Last night she was recovering from her ordeal and back with her parents. Many questions remained unanswered, including the identity of the intruder and what he expected to gain from the bizarre extortion attempt.
Other reports quoted police sources as saying that the intruder had warned Madeleine that he could trigger the bomb by remote control, and that he had attached a microphone enabling him to hear everything she said. (© Independent News Service)