A 19-year-old teenager has been jailed after he attempted to import explosives in a plan to blow up his parents because they disapproved of his girlfriend.
Gurtej Randhawa hatched the shocking plan to kill his parents after fearing they would interfere in his relationship when his mother disapproved of his girlfriend.
Randhawa attempted to buy a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device or a car bomb from the dark web because he believed killing his parents would enable him to continue his relationship.
Luckily his devious plan was brought to a halt when officers from the National Crime Agency replaced the ‘remote-detonated explosive device’ he had ordered with a dummy device.
Officers swooped on Randhawa when he took delivery of the dummy device at the address he had provided when ordering the device last May.
Two other people were arrested along with Randhawa but have since been released with no further action.
Randhawa pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to import explosives last July and was further found guilty of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury in November.
He has now been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Tim Gregory from the NCA said: “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.
“He was not involved in an organised crime group or linked to terrorism, but his actions show he is someone 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.”
Andy Young, from the CPS, said: “Gurtej Randhawa attempted to purchase explosives which could have resulted in deaths or serious injuries had they been used.
“He denied he planned to use the explosives to cause injury but the CPS demonstrated to the jury that this was a lie and Randhawa was observed attempting to test his device before being arrested.
“Randhawa had used the dark web in an attempt to avoid detection but instead he is now serving a significant prison sentence.”