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Peters Pleads Guilty in Fake Collar Bomb Case

From the Associated Press:

An Australian investment banker has admitted that he chained a fake bomb to a young woman’s neck in a bizarre extortion attempt last year that ended with his arrest in the Louisville area.

Paul Douglas Peters’ lawyer pleaded guilty on his behalf in Sydney to a charge of aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offense by knowingly detaining Madeleine Pulver.

Pulver was alone in her family’s Sydney mansion in August last year when the 50-year-old Peters tethered a bomb-like device around her neck. Bomb squad police took 10 hours to remove it.

Peters will appear in court on March 16 for a pre-sentencing hearing. It was not immediately clear what prison sentence he could face.

Peters was arrested at his former wife’s home in Oldham County last year.

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Overview of Australian Bombing Hoax Arrest: State of the News

On the Friday, Aug. 19, edition of State of the News, WFPL’s Devin Katayama and Gabe Bullard gave a review and summary of an unusual story that unfolded this week.  Police in Sydney, Australia allege that Paul “Doug” Peters broke into a teenage girl’s home on August 3rd and strapped what ended up being a fake bomb around her neck along with what may have been a ransom note. He left Australia five days later and ended up at the home of his ex-wife in La Grange, where an FBI SWAT team arrested Peters this past Monday evening.  The Australian government now has 60 days to file a formal request for extradition, according to a 1974 Extradition Treaty between the U.S. and Australia.

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Australian Man Arrested Outside Louisville in Connection With Sydney Bombing Hoax

A man suspected of a bombing hoax in Australia was arrested Monday outside of Louisville.

Sydney police allege that Paul “Doug” Peters broke into a teenage girl’s home on August 3rd and strapped what ended up being a fake bomb around her neck along with what may have been a ransom note. He left Australia five days later and ended up at the home of his ex-wife in La Grange, where an FBI SWAT team arrested Peters Monday evening.

“We will be alleging kidnapping, breaking and entering and committing a serious and durable offense, demanding property with menaces,” says New South Wales Superintendent Commander Luke Moore.

Peters is a 50-year-old native Australian who traveled to America frequently and, according to FBI, lived in Kentucky and elsewhere in the country for part of his life.

“He does have some family connections here. He has previously lived in the United States for some period of time. He is an Australian citizen, though.”

Moore doesn’t suspect Peters’s ex wife was part of the alleged plot.

Peters will appear in court Tuesday. An extradition hearing is in 60 days.