A TEENAGER who blew up a vehicle with an improvised bomb similar to those used against servicemen in Northern Ireland and Afghanistan was today jailed for seven years.

Robert White had persuaded a friend on his way to Southampton late at night to make a diversion to Chadwick Road, Eastleigh, where his aunt and uncle lived.

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Jurors heard relations between them and next door neighbour Sean Koncazk were strained and he decided to teach him a lesson. While his friend remained in the car, the 19-year-old ran across the corner and planted the device under the victim's Vauxhall Vectra.

After they drove away, it exploded, wrecking the vehicle and scattering shrapnel which also badly damaged a van.

White, of Truro Rise, Eastleigh, was convicted of causing an explosion and endangering life or causing serious injury to property.

Judge Peter Ralls QC described the offence as carefully planned.

White had denied the allegation by was found guilty by a jury.