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Indian-origin boy jailed for trying to buy car bomb to kill

Press Trust of India  |  London 

An Indian-origin teenager has been sentenced to eight years in jail by a for trying to buy explosives online to kill his conservative father who did not approve of his white girlfriend.

was arrested in May last year after undercover officers from the (NCA) replaced a car bomb he ordered online with a harmless dummy device before it was delivered.

The 19-year-old was convicted of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury at Birmingham Crown in November 2017 and was handed the custodial sentence by the yesterday.

"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 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 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 Grammar School had accepted an offer to study medicine at

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 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 NCAs 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 (VBIED), a remote-detonated explosive device, from the of hidden sites on the internet.

NCA officers replaced the package with a dummy and allowed it to be delivered to the address in 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 but were later released with no further action.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 16:00 IST