Teenager who tried to import explosives jailed for…

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Gurtej Randhawa, 19, from Wolverhampton, had pleaded guilty to attempting to import the explosives but denied he meant to use them to cause injury or endanger life.

Fearing his parents would try to end his relationship, Randhawa tried to purchase a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) - or a auto bomb, from a website called AlphaBay, on the dark web.

The trial heard how Randhawa was arrested in May 2017 by officers from the National Crime Agency who had permitted an inert dummy device to be delivered to him in the post.

The court was told the A-level student, a former pupil at Wolverhampton Grammar School, had accepted an offer to study medicine at Liverpool University.

Randhawa of Grove Lane, Wolverhampton, was detained after testing the device and pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives.

Randhawa was found guilty of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life and had earlier admitted attempting to import explosives.

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Passing sentence, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb told Randhawa: "You are plainly highly intelligent and capable of determined manipulation".

"I have no doubt that this offence was motivated by your desire to live with your girlfriend and attend university together".

"This was an offence of astonishing audacity".

"You obtained the explosives, so you thought, having paid for the device using crypto-currency and arranged for its delivery to an address away from your own home".

"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".

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".

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