Peters appeals collar bomb sentence over psychological state

The convicted hoax collar bomber, Paul Peters, is set to claim in court that his minimum 10-year jail sentence should be reduced because the judge failed to properly take his mental condition into account, a court has heard.

Peters was sentenced in November last year over the now infamous collar bomb attack, in which he walked into the $12 million Mosman home of 18-year-old Madeleine Pulver and tied a black metal box around her neck with a bike chain.

Attached was an extortion note claiming the box contained sophisticated plastic explosives and threatening Ms Pulver and her family with a “tragically avoidable explosion” if they failed to send “funds” to a supplied email address.

It took 10 hours for police to be certain the device was fake, by which time Ms Pulver had been traumatised.

During his sentencing hearings last year, Peters claimed that he was suffering from a psychotic episode at the time of the attack brought on by severe bipolar disorder and alcoholism, which he had been suffering from for a number of years.

But the sentencing judge largely rejected the claim that Peters was affected by a disturbed state of mind and had ultimately wanted to be caught.

Instead, he found Peters was seeking financial gain through a carefully planned extortion attempt and that he was aware of the terror he was inflicting.

During a brief hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday, Peters’ solicitor, Kathy Crittenden, confirmed that Peters was appealing the severity of his 10-year sentence.

She said there were seven grounds of appeal and that “most relate to the assessment of the applicants’ psychological state”.

The solicitor representing the Crown said that Peters had taken issue with “the findings made by the judge regarding mental health condition and various assessments that have been made”.

The appeal will be heard during a single day hearing in the Court of Criminal Appeal on October 28.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.