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'Collar bomb' suspect extradited

An Australian man accused of chaining a fake bomb to a teenage girl's neck as part of an extortion attempt has arrived in Sydney to face charges.

Paul Douglas Peters had been held in jail in Louisville, Kentucky, since his August arrest. He was extradited on Friday and has arrived in Sydney. Police say they expect to charge him with a range of offences, including kidnapping.

Peters is accused of attacking 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver. The teen was studying at home on August 3 when a masked man broke into her home and tethered the bomb-like device to her neck. The man left behind a note demanding money.

A police bomb squad spent 10 hours working to remove the device, which was later found to contain no explosives. Miss Pulver was not injured.

Peters, an international businessman who travels frequently between the US and Australia, was arrested by the FBI at his ex-wife's house in a Louisville suburb on August 15.

Miss Pulver's millionaire father, William Pulver, was once the president and chief executive of NetRankings, a pioneer in tracking online exposure and readership for companies advertising on the Internet.

He left after the firm was sold to ratings giant Nielsen in 2007. He is now chief executive of Appen Butler Hill, a company that provides language and voice-recognition software and services.

"It's a slightly strange feeling to see him coming back into the country," Mr Pulver said of Peters' arrival in Sydney. "It's an important step in the process to move this thing through the courts."

New South Wales police whisked Peters from Sydney's international airport to a police station and charged him with kidnapping, aggravated breaking and entering, and demanding money with menaces.

Peters did not appear during the brief hearing at western Sydney's Parramatta Bail Court. He has not applied for bail or entered a plea. The judge ordered him to appear in court for another hearing on November 17.


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