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The notorious ‘collarbomber’ who broke into the home of a Sydney businessman and strapped an explosive to a schoolgirl’s neck has publicly apologised to his victim a decade on.
Almost exactly 10 years ago Paul Douglas Peters, 60, broke into a Mosman home and strapped a purported collar bomb around the neck of Year 12 student Madeleine Pulver.
The city was gripped with horror for 10 hours before it was determined to be a hoax. Peters was later jailed, however his sentence is due to expire on August 14, and the State Parole Authority has indicated it has accepted expert advice recommending he be released on parole.
At the end of a brief hearing on Friday morning, Peters made a surprise bid to say sorry to his victim.
Madeleine Pulver was the victim of a terrifying 10 hour hoax bomb threat, when Paul Douglas Peters broke into her home and strapped a fake ‘collarbomb’ around her neck in August 2011
Paul Douglas Peters (left) has been jailed for almost a decade after he strapped a fake collarbomb around the neck of Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver
Peters began: ‘If there’s one thing I may say, if you don’t mind. I’ve never had an opportunity to say in public that -‘
The fake collarbomber was cut off by Judge Mark Marien, who said his lawyer had likely told the court everything that can be said on his behalf.
Peters continued: ‘… A deep founded apology to Madeleine Pulver, that’s all’.
Ms Pulver was an 18-year-old HSC student when Peters broke into her home wearing a balaclava.
The fake bomb was attached to her, along with a note demanding money and suggesting that tampering with it would make it explode.
A file photo of the hoax ‘collar bomb’ made by Paul Douglas Peters, which was made up of a bicycle lock and a black metal box filled with items. A note was attached warning it contained explosives
Above is the Mosman home that became the scene of one of Sydney’s most famous crimes in 2011
The State Parole Authority, the independent body which will decide Peters’ fate, has received submissions from authorities, Peter’s lawyer and the Community Corrections Office.
It has already received advice from the Serious Offenders Review Council which found Peters is unlikely to reoffend.
Peters claimed in his sentencing hearing that he had no memory of attaching the device to Ms Pulver’s neck.
Ms Pulver and a team of police who helped her through the ordeal received bravery awards in 2017.
Judge Marien told Peters on Friday that he will be informed about what happens next prior to his parole date.
Source: Daily Mail