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Australia fake-bomb plotter appears for sentencing


An Australian investment banker who chained a fake bomb to a Sydney teenager's neck in a bizarre extortion attempt has appeared in a court for a sentencing hearing.

Paul Douglas Peters faces up to 20 years in prison for the August 2011 attack on Madeleine Pulver. He pleaded guilty in New South Wales state District Court in March to aggravated breaking and entering and to committing a serious indictable offense.

Peters' ex-wife, Deborah Peters, of Kentucky, testified on Friday that her husband had become erratic and he was drinking heavily in the months before the attack.

Peters tethered a device around Pulver's neck along with a note demanding money. Then he left her alone in her family's mansion. The 18-year-old was not injured.

The hearing could take several days.

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