Collar bomb accused in Australian court

File photo / NZ Herald
File photo / NZ Herald

The man accused of putting a fake bomb collar around Sydney teenager Madeleine Pulver's neck has made his first appearance - via videolink - in a Sydney court.

Paul Douglas Peters, 50, wore prison greens and showed no emotion when he appeared on the videolink from Parklea jail in Sydney's Central Local Court on Thursday.

The finance executive is accused of attaching a fake collar bomb around Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver on August 3.

His matter was mentioned only briefly in court ahead of his next hearing, which was set down for March.

His lawyer Kathy Crittenden asked Magistrate John Favretto for an extended timetable to examine what is understood to be a lengthy brief of police evidence.

An FBI SWAT team arrested Peters on August 16 at his ex-wife's home in La Grange, a suburb of Louisville, in the US state of Kentucky.

NSW detectives brought him back to Sydney on September 24.

He has been charged with kidnapping, special aggravated break and enter, committing a serious indictable offence and demanding property with intent to steal.

Peters did not say anything during the hearing.

Bail was not applied for and it was formally refused by Mr Favretto.

He adjourned the matter until March 8 in the same court.


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