A 19-year-old boy, Gurtej Singh Randhawa was found guilty and given an 8- year custodial sentences for maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life.
Randhawa was arrested after he tried to import explosives from the dark web so he could kill his father. National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations made the arrest in May 2017 after he took the delivery of a package which he believed to be a remote-controlled IED.
The officers from the NCA had replaced the package that was ordered by Randhawa with an inert dummy item before they arrested him last year in May. It was told to the Birmingham Crown Court that Randhawa had ordered the device when his mother found out that he was romantically involved with a girl. The mother did not approve of the girl her son was having a relationship with.
It was further told to the court that the A-level student was a former pupil at Wolverhampton Grammar School and he has accepted an offer to study medicine at the Liverpool University. The 19-year old was detained after testing the device and pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives.
Randhawa lives in Grove Lane of Wolverhampton and was later found guilty of possessing an explosive substance with malicious intent to cause serious injury and endanger life. He bought the explosives to actually kill his parents.
Ms. Justice Cheema-Grubb told Randhawa while passing sentence that, “”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 crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from your own home.”
Tim Gregory, from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit, said Randhawa’s actions showed “he is someone who poses a significant risk to the community”.
Andy Young, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Gurtej Randhawa attempted to purchase explosives which could have resulted in deaths or serious injuries had they been used.”