Madeleine Pulver (photo) was taken hostage in her own Mosman house
A teenager held hostage with a fake bomb trying to extort her rich parents believed she would die for more than 10 hours while the police tried to free her.
Madeleine Pulver studied for the HSC in August 2011 in the bedroom of her $ AU15million Mosman house when a balaclava-covered intruder broke in.
He tied a fake collar bomb around her neck with a blackmail letter asking for money from her parents, Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver, and his wife Belinda.
After a 10-hour trial involving police rescue, the bomb-draining unit, the command against terrorism and police negotiators, the bomb was determinedly fake.
Dissatisfied investment banker Paul Douglas Peters was arrested two weeks later in America and extradited to Australia, where he was sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crime.
Eight years later, NSW Police published details of the traumatic ordeal, including how Maddie was forced to call her parents to tell them she was being held hostage.
& # 39; Madeleine Pulver, 17, contacted her parents on the cell phone and asked them to contact the police and urgently send them to their home address & # 39 ;, a message from a former officer.
Dissatisfied investment banker Paul Douglas Peters (photo) was arrested two weeks later while hiding in America and sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crime
A newly released X-ray of the bomb showed how complicated the device was. The police were initially unsure of its authenticity
& # 39; The Harborside LAC police responded and located the victim in her bedroom with what she described as a bomb around her neck. & # 39;
The officers of the Harborside Local Area Command described the teenager as & # 39; distraught & # 39 ;. She was convinced that she would die.
Maddie could tell officers that a man wearing a balaclava and wearing a baseball bat entered her house and said she would not be in pain as long as her parents followed the instructions.
& # 39; Then he closed a device around her neck so that it could not be removed. He also put a USB stick on a cord around her neck. Attached to the cord was a plastic sleeve that contained a two-page & # 39; s document containing extortion requirements and instructions, & # 39; read police documents.
& # 39; Act now, think later or you will inadvertently cause a tragically avoidable explosion known to the US armed forces as a Brian Douglas Wells event, & # 39; Peters wrote.
The event & # 39; Brian Douglas Wells & # 39; to which he referred, took place in the US in 2003, when a man was killed after he had detonated a collar bomb.
NSW Police has released a photo of the touchpad device (photo) attached to Maddie
The hoax bomb (photo) was attached to the teen's neck for more than 10 hours while the police tried to determine if it was fake
An X-ray never seen before while the bomb was still attached to Maddie's neck, shows the complex situation that officers were confronted with.
The device contained a coded touch pad and advanced technology that initially stunned the team, working in a high pressure situation, for fear the intruder would look far.
Peters was eventually arrested two weeks later at his ex-wife's home in Louisville, Kentucky.
He told a psychiatrist during legal proceedings that he had no memory of the crime, but suggested that he had copied the charactera of a character in a book he was writing.
The court heard that Peters was starting to turn himself into his main character John Chan, and he was looking for "double revenge for Chan and for me," but a defense told the judge that he was "unwilling to accept."
Maddie could tell officers that a man wearing a balaclava and wearing a baseball bat entered her house and said she would not be in pain as long as her parents followed the instructions
Peters was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison – with a minimum of 10 years to be served.
During the sentence, Judge Peter Zahra said: & # 39; The perpetrator placed the victim in fear that she would die to extort money from her family.
"The victim was vulnerable and entitled to the sanctuary of her own house … the terror she experienced can only be described as unthinkable."
Madeleine said after the conviction out of court that she was satisfied with the result and hoped that she and her family could now look forward to a future "where the name of Paul Peters is not connected to mine."
Her father said: "She is a very, very special young lady who has treated herself with incredible balance and dignity during this trial. & # 39;
Madeleine Pulver studied for the HSC in August 2011 in the bedroom of her $ AU15million Mosman house when a balaclava invader broke in
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