Monday 18 December 2017

No money demanded in bomb scare over rich teen

Kathy Marks

THE tale of the Australian teenager who had a fake bomb strapped to her by a masked intruder in Sydney's leafy suburbs gets more and more peculiar.

A note left at the scene demanded no money, it emerged yesterday, and was reportedly signed in the name of Dirk Struan, a ruthless businessman in James Clavell's 1966 novel, 'Tai-Pan'.

Emerging from her house in affluent Mosman yesterday, for the first time since Wednesday's ordeal, 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver told reporters: "I'm all right."

A young policewoman, who supported her for the first three hours, described her as "the strongest, bravest girl in the world".

It took bomb squad officers 10 hours to remove the device and establish that it was harmless.

New South Wales police -- who appear to be struggling to make progress -- said they were refraining from further comment.

However, they confirmed that the note made no demands for money, despite the Pulvers being one of Sydney's wealthiest families.

Based on the Scottish trader William Jardine, Dirk Struan is "a pirate, an opium smuggler, a master manipulator". He is also a victim of extortion. (© Independent News Service)

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