Category: World / November 20, 2012 11:14 AM EST
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 on Tuesday (November 20) after an Australian court ruled he had instilled unimaginable fear into his victim.
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.
Police in the United States arrested 52 year-old Paul Douglas Peters in Kentucky about two weeks after the incident when he was tracked down through email accounts.
Outside the court in Sydney, Pulver said she was satisfied with the sentence, and that the court acknowledged the impact of his crime on her family.
"I am pleased with today's outcome and that I can now look to a future without Paul Peters' name being linked to mine. I realise it is going to take quite some time to come to terms with what happened but today was important because now the legal process is over," she said.
Peters, who pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter, was sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison, with a minimum 10 years to be served before he can apply for parole.