London, January 13: An Indian-origin teenager has been sentenced to eight years in jail by a court in the United Kingdom for trying to buy explosives online to kill his conservative father and mother who did not allow to marry his white girlfriend. Also Read - Twin Sisters Who Were Joined at The Head, Return Home to Pakistan After Successful Separation at UK Hospital
The 19-year-old accused identified as Gurtej Singh Randhawa was arrested in May last year after undercover officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in UK replaced a car bomb he ordered online with a dummy harmless device before it was delivered. Also Read - Captured Chinese Soldier Who Strayed Into Ladakh Handed Over by Indian Army
The Sikh teenager was convicted of was convicted of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at the Birmingham Crown Court in November 2017 and was given a custodial sentence by the court on Friday. Also Read - International Flights: Now Fly Directly to London From This Indian City | Booking, Travel Details Here
“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, Justice Cheema-Grubb told Randhawa during the sentencing hearing.
“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, the judge noted.
Randhawa paid for the bomb using crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from his home. His trial was told how he had ordered the device after his mother discovered he was in a relationship with a girl she disapproved of.
The court was also told that the former pupil from Wolverhampton Grammar School had accepted an offer to study medicine at Liverpool University.
Randhawa had previously pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives but was found guilty of the more serious charge of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.
“The explosive device Randhawa sought to purchase online had the potential to cause serious damage and kill many people if he had been successful in using it, said the NCA’s Tim Gregory.
“He was not involved in an organised crime group or linked to terrorism, but is clearly an individual who poses a significant risk to the community. Identifying people like Randhawa who seek to access illegal firearms and weapons is a priority for the NCA and we will not stop in our efforts to make sure they are arrested and held accountable for their actions,” he said.
Randhawa had tried to buy a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), a remote-detonated explosive device, from the so-called dark web of hidden sites on the internet.
NCA officers replaced the package with a dummy and allowed it to be delivered to the address in Wolverhampton provided by Randhawa and watched him test it before swooping in to arrest him.
Two women aged 45 and 18 were also arrested at the same time by the NCA Armed Operations Unit but were later released with no further action.