Wolverhampton teenager bought car bomb to blow up parents after they disapproved of his new girlfriend

By Jack Averty | Wolverhampton | News | Published:

A Wolverhampton teenager has been locked up for eight years after he tried to import explosives to kill his parents – after they disapproved of his new girlfriend.

Gurtej Randhawa, 19, of Grove Lane, Wightwick, had attempted to purchase a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) – or a car bomb – from the dark web.

The former Wolverhampton Grammar School student had hatched the plan to kill his parents after his mother discovered he was having a relationship with a girl she disapproved of. He thought killing his parents would enable him and his girlfriend to stay together.

But he was arrested by National Crime Agency officers after they replaced the package he thought was a remote-detonated explosive device with a safe dummy.

Gurtej Randhawa collecting the package he thought was the car bomb

Officers watched Randhawa test the device, which he had received in May 2017, before swooping and arresting him.

Two women – aged 45 and 18 – were arrested at the same time but have since been released with no further action.

Potential to kill many

Randhawa pleaded guilty to attempting to import explosives in July 2017 and was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court in November 2017 of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.


Tim Gregory from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit 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 International Justice and Organised Crime Division, 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.”

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton


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