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UK Student Jailed for Importing Explosive to Kill his Father

UK Student Jailed for Importing Explosive to Kill his Father

Monday, 15 January, 2018 - 06:00
A man in handcuffs. Reuters file photo

A 19-year old student has been given an eight-year custodial sentence for trying to buy explosives on a 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 containing explosives.

lOfficers from the NCA had replaced the package with a fake device before arresting.

The police told the court that Mr. Randhawa ordered the device after his mother discovered he was having a relationship with a girl she disapproved of. The jailed teenager had accepted an offer to study medicine at Liverpool University.

Randhawa who lived in Wolverhampton, was arrested after testing the device and pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives.

Passing sentence, the judge 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.”

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