'Hoax collar bomber' sentenced to 10 yrs in jail over strapping fake bomb on Oz teenager

Source : ANI
Last Updated: Tue, Nov 20, 2012 06:40 hrs

Hoax collar bomber Paul Douglas Peters has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after being accused of fixing a mock collar-bomb on the neck of a Sydney teenager.

Madeleine Pulver and her family remained composed as the sentence was announced to Peters. He will be eligible for parole in August 2021.

Peters during his hearing had said that he was left "distraught" by the breakdown of his marriage and career trouble, and believed "he had lost everything."

He told a psychiatrist that he had to find "an ingenious way to trap myself" because he was drinking heavily and knew he needed help, Thetelegraph.com.au reports.

"I had to catch myself out. I had to lay evidence along the way to trap myself," Peters had said during his trial.

According to the paper, during sentencing submissions the court heard from three psychiatrists who provided varying accounts of Peters' state of mind on August 3, 2011- the day he broke into the Pulver home in Mosman, and strapped the box device around the teenager's neck with a bike lock and two-page ransom note attached.

The 52 year old, pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter and detain for advantage earlier this year, and was sentenced in Sydney's District Court, the paper said.

The court heard Peters was suffering from a bipolar disorder and was in a state of "isolation" and "personality disintegration" when he committed the crime, which subjected Madeleine to an hours-long ordeal as international experts had to be called in to eventually determine the device was a hoax, the report added. (ANI)

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