A teenager has been jailed after plotting to blow-up his parents with a car bomb bought off the Dark Web because they disapproved of his new girlfriend.
Gurtej Randhawa, 19, launched the murderous scheme, thinking it would enable him and his girlfriend to stay together.
But he was snared by police after The National Crime Agency’s Armed Operations Unit observed him testing the device.
He was arrested after he took delivery of what he believed was a remotely detonated explosive in May last year.
Officers had replaced the package with a dummy device before it was delivered to the address he had provided when ordering the device on the internet.
A court heard Randhawa was planning to murder his parents after his mum discovered he was in a relationship with a girl she disapproved of.
Fearing his parents would try to end the relationship, the teen hatched a plot he thought would enable them to stay together.
Randhawa, of Wightwick, in Wolverhampton, previously pleaded guilty to attempting to import a Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED).
In November he was found guilty of maliciously possessing an explosive substance with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury.
And today Randhawa was jailed for a total of eight years at Birmingham Crown Court.
Tim Gregory, from the NCA’s Armed Operations Unit, said after the case: “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.