Teenager jailed for buy­ing ex­plo­sives to kill his fa­ther

The Gulf Today - - WORLD -

LONDON: A 19-year-old has been given an eight-year cus­to­dial sen­tence af­ter try­ing to im­port ex­plo­sives from the dark web in an at­tempt to kill his fa­ther.

Gurtej Singh Rand­hawa was ar­rested by the Na­tional Crime Agency’s Armed Op­er­a­tions Unit in May 2017 af­ter tak­ing de­liv­ery of a pack­age he thought was a re­mote-con­trolled IED.

OFI­CERS From THE NCA HAD RE­PLACED the pack­age or­dered by Rand­hawa with an in­ert dummy item be­fore ar­rest­ing him in May last year.

Birm­ing­ham Crown Court was told Rand­hawa or­dered the de­vice af­ter his mother dis­cov­ered he was hav­ing a re­la­tion­ship with a girl she dis­ap­proved of.

The court was also told the A-level stu­dent, a former pupil at wolver­hamp­ton Gram­mar School, had ac­cepted an of­fer to study medicine at Liver­pool Univer­sity.

Rand­hawa of Grove Lane, Wolver­hamp­ton, was de­tained af­ter testing the de­vice and pleaded guilty to at­tempt­ing to im­port ex­plo­sives.

He was later found guilty of ma­li­ciously pos­sess­ing an ex­plo­sive sub­stance with in­tent to en­dan­ger life or cause se­ri­ous in­jury.

Pass­ing sen­tence, Jus­tice Cheema­grubb told Rand­hawa: “You are plainly highly in­tel­li­gent and ca­pa­ble of de­ter­mined ma­nip­u­la­tion.

“You told sus­tained lies to your girl­friend and her fam­ily about your own par­ents, par­tic­u­larly your fa­ther.

“I have no doubt that this of­fence was mo­ti­vated by your de­sire to live with your girl­friend and at­tend univer­sity to­gether.

“How the ma­jor changes in your life that you wished for were to be achieved, in­cluded en­dan­ger­ing the life of your fa­ther by set­ting off an ex­plo­sion in his car.

“This was an of­fence of as­ton­ish­ing au­dac­ity.

“You ob­tained the ex­plo­sives, so you thought, hav­ing paid for the de­vice us­ing cryp­tocur­rency and ar­ranged for its de­liv­ery to an ad­dress away from your own home.”

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