New Zealand’s Christchurch saw two mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in March 2019. The attacker, Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed the massacre that took 51 lives and left around 50 people injured.
Brenton Tarrant, a gunman behind the mass shootings in mosques in Christchurch, received a life sentence without parole in the High Court of Christchurch on Thursday. It is a first time in New Zealand’s history the life sentence is handed down.
Tarrant, who did not oppose the life sentence, has been labeled “clearly New Zealand’s worst murderer”.
The judge, Cameron Mander, called Tarrant’s crimes “brutal and beyond callous”.
“Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it would not exhaust the requirements of punishment and denunciation. Your actions were inhumane … You showed no mercy. You are not only a murderer, but a terrorist. You sought to essentially attack New Zealand’s way of life”, Mander said, cited by Stuff.
According to Stuff, the judge also said there was no minimum period of imprisonment to sufficiently denounce this crime.
“It is incumbent on the court to respond in a way that decisively rejects such vicious malevolence,” Mander said, cited by AFP.
According to New Zealand Herald, Tarrant said “his political and social views at the time weren’t real, saying he felt ostracised and had wanted to damage society” and admitted that it was a terror attack, claiming, however, that he was not racist or xenophobic.
In March 2019, Tarrant stormed into two mosques, Al Noor and the Linwood Islamic Centre, and shot 51 worshippers, leaving around 50 injured. He live-streamed the attack via Facebook, with the video later spreading to other online platforms.
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