UK Student Jailed for Importing Explosive to Kill his Father

A man in handcuffs. Reuters file photo
A man in handcuffs. Reuters file photo
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UK Student Jailed for Importing Explosive to Kill his Father

A man in handcuffs. Reuters file photo
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.”



Man Arrested after British Soldier Stabbed in Attack Near Barracks

FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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Man Arrested after British Soldier Stabbed in Attack Near Barracks

FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

A 24-year-old man was arrested after a soldier was stabbed and seriously injured in a street near a barracks in southeast England, police said Wednesday.
The British Army said the victim, who is in his 40s, suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
The Kent Police force said officers were called Tuesday evening to reports of an assault in the town of Gillingham, 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) southeast of London.
A suspect was arrested within half an hour, police said. British police do not name suspects until they have been charged. There was no immediate word on motive.
The road where police said the attack happened is close to Brompton Barracks, the headquarters of the British Army’s 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment. The army did not confirm media reports that the soldier was in uniform at the time of the attack.
“Our thoughts are with the soldier and their family and we request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time," the army said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with Kent Police to understand what happened and support the investigation."