Madeleine Pulver says it will take "quite some time" before she comes to terms with her terrifying hoax collar bomb ordeal but is "pleased" her attacker has been put behind bars for at least 10 years.
Paul Douglas Peters, 52, was sentenced to 13 years and six months in jail with a 10-year non-parole period in Sydney's District Court today for the Mosman home invasion in August last year.
Tonight on Sydney's Nine News at 6pm, senior crime reporter Simon Bouda will reveal exclusive video of exactly how Paul Peters plotted his attack.
Speaking outside Sydney's District Court just after midday, Ms Pulver told a scrum of reporters she has relieved the legal process has come to an end.
"I am pleased with today's outcome and am looking forward to a future in which Paul Peters' name is not linked with mine," she said.
Ms Pulver said this year had been harder than the last following the botched extortion attempt in which she was cornered in her bedroom and forced to wear a fake collar bomb.
But the 18-year-old said it was "good to hear the judge acknowledge the trauma [Paul Peters] has put me and my family through" and said she hopes to move on and study Arts at Sydney University next year.
Madeleine's father Bill Pulver said the family was feeling an "incredible sense of relief" and were "incredibly proud" of their daughter.
"She's a very special young lady who has handled herself with poise and dignity," he said.
During today's sentencing hearing, Judge Peter Zahra said Peters' crime was a "deliberate act of extortion" and rejected the defence's claim the 52-year-old was psychologically unsound at the time of the crime.
It was the first time Madeleine Pulver had sat in the same room as her attacker since her ordeal 15 months ago.
Peters pleaded guilty to aggravated break and enter and detaining with advantage after entering the Sydney home armed with a baseball bat.
A document attached to the collar bomb - which was found to be a fake after a 10-hour police operation - demanded an unspecified sum of money and said any attempt to tamper with the device would cause it to explode.
Ms Pulver is reported to have cried as the sentence was handed down, bringing to an end over a year of waiting for justice.
Earlier today, a smiling Ms Pulver looked calm as she arrived at the District Court just before 10am, flanked by her parents Bill and Belinda Pulver.
"[I am] happy it's nearly all over," Ms Pulver told reporters on arriving at the court.
During the hearing she glanced at her attacker, who broke down as Judge Zahra told the court of the financial woes and marriage breakdown which led to his crime against the schoolgirl.
The court heard that Peters believed he had "lost everything" and suffered mental health problems, merging his identity with a character in a fictional crime novel he was writing.
Peters' defence had made much of his mental state during the case, saying he was impaired at the time of his offence.
A number of psychiatrists disagreed about his psychological well-being during the trial.
In an earlier court session before today's hearing, a forensic psychiatrist said Peters suffered from "major depression" in the months before the incident and had taken on the role of a character in a book he was writing.
Peters said he had no memory of attaching the collar bomb to the teen and said in retrospect his actions were "bizarre and stupid".
But Judge Zahra today disputed the role of mental illness in Peters' actions and said he "intended to place his very young victim in fear she was going to be killed".
"The victim was vulnerable. She was on her own studying for her trial HSC exams.
"She was entitled to the sanctuary of her home."
The judge's decision was praised by Madeleine's father outside the court.
"The judge made him accountable today for behaviour which is simply not acceptable in our community," said Mr Pulver.