August 17, 2011 – 10:23AM
CHILLING details were revealed in a US court today about how finance executive Paul “Douglas” Peters allegedly broke into Sydney schoolgirl Madeleine Pulver’s family home and strapped a fake bomb to her neck.
Mr Peters was arrested after a raid on a Kentucky house involving heavily armed FBI agents and NSW Police officers. He was charged with aggravated break and enter with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, demanding property by force with intent to steal, and kidnapping.
Mr Peters’s US lawyer, Scott Cox, told reporters that his client said he was innocent.
“He will contest the charges,” Mr Cox said.
An indictment filed by US prosecutors – detailing how Mr Peters was tracked down halfway across the world – was made public as the 50-year-old fronted an extradition application at the District Court in Louisville, Kentucky, about 12.30am AEST.
Prosecutors allege Mr Peters surprised Ms Pulver as she studied in the bedroom of her family’s Mosman mansion on August 3.
“At about 2.15pm, she saw a man carrying a black aluminium baseball bat and wearing a striped, multiple-coloured balaclava over his head, walk into her room,” the indictment states.
The intruder allegedly told her to “sit down and no one needs to get hurt”. He allegedly forced a black box “against her throat and looped a device similar to a bike chain, which was also attached to the box, around her neck”. He locked the box into position then placed a lanyard, on the end of which was attached a green USB stick and a plastic document sleeve, the indictment alleges.
Mr Peters allegedly said: “Count to 200, I’ll be back. If you move, I can see you – I’ll be right here.” He then left the room.
Extremely frightened, Ms Pulver thought he was robbing the house. After a few minutes she yelled out but there was no response. She phoned her mother, Belinda, and took the documents from the plastic sleeve. She saw the word “explosive” on one. She also phoned her father, Bill, who called the police.
When officers arrived Ms Pulver was crying and hysterical. The note around her neck said: “Powerful new technology plastic explosives are located inside the small black combination case delivered to you. The case is booby-trapped. It can ONLY be opened safely, if you follow the instructions and comply with its terms and conditions.”
It said not to contact authorities, and provided an email address.
“You will be provided with detailed remittance instructions to transfer a defined sum once you acknowledge and confirm receipt of this message.”
Police determined that the Gmail account linked to the incident was set up on May 30 from an Internet Protocol address linked to a Chicago airport.
Travel documents obtained from immigration authorities showed that Mr Peters had been at the airport that day.
The Gmail account was accessed three times on the afternoon of the attack, almost two hours after the hoax device was placed around the teenager’s neck, the complaint said.
The first access was at 4.09pm from an IP address registered to Kincumber Library on the NSW central coast. Surveillance video captured a man matching the suspect’s description at the library about the same time.
The next two were at 5.25pm and 5.51pm on the same day, from an IP address registered to the Avoca Video Store.
Surveillance footage showed the suspect had driven to the library and the video store in a Range Rover manufactured between 1996 and 2001, Louisville newspaper The Courier Journal reported.
Police cross-checked a list of all Range Rover owners in Australia, with evidence from computer files used to type the note and credit card accounts used to buy computer supplies and a baseball bat, leading them to Mr Peters.
Mr Peters allegedly bought a one-way ticket to fly on August 8 from Sydney to Kentucky, via, Chicago.
Mr Peters, a father of three, was arrested after a SWAT team raided his estranged wife Debra’s home at La Grange, about 50 kilometres from Louisville, on Monday afternoon Kentucky time.
Mrs Peters sobbed in court as Magistrate Dave Whalin remanded her husband in custody.
Mr Peters and his ex-wife divorced in 2007 and have school-age children together, Mr Cox said. He did not know how long they had been married.
“She’s in shock,” Mr Cox said of Mr Peters’s former wife. “This is hard on her and her children … She’s not involved in any respect to this, at all.”
Mr Peters appeared calm as he stood in the dock wearing a lavender shirt, tan shorts and sandals. He was in hand and leg cuffs when he was led into the court by three burly US marshals.
Mr Cox said he was unfamiliar with extradition laws with Australia and reserved the right to apply for bail.
NSW Police detective superintendent Luke Moore, who was in court, told reporters it could take “some weeks” to apply for Mr Peters’s extradition. The Australian government has 60 days to make the formal request for extradition.
Mr Peters is due in court again on October 14.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
Paul Douglas Peters
his undoing = DP = 47 = Infamy. Infamous. Internationally known. Everybody knows your name.
Each letter of the first and middle names rules 9 years of life. Ages 27 to 54 are ruled by the sum of the 4th, 5th, and 6th letters of the name.
Paul Douglas Peters
12 (l is the 12th letter of the alphabet) + 4 (D is the 4th letter of the alphabet) + 15 (o is the 15th letter of the alphabet) = 31
So from ages twenty-seven to fifty-four he has the number 31 going on.
31 = Scandal. Controversy. Things get out of hand.
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