Chirstchurch shooter sentenced to life without parole

TEHRAN, Aug. 27 (MNA) – Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 people and injured dozens of others at two mosques in Christchurch last year, was handed down a life sentence without parole.

A court in New Zealand has sentenced a self-confessed white supremacist who killed 51 Muslims as they prayed at two mosques in Christchurch to life imprisonment without parole.

This is the first time that such a sentence has been handed down in the country, Sputnik reported.

New Zealand's Christchurch saw two back-to-back mass shootings, at the Al Noor Mosque and at the Linwood Islamic Centre, in March 2019. The attacker, Brenton Tarrant, live-streamed the carnage on Facebook as he killed 51 people and injured at least 50.

Brenton Tarrant, the gunman behind the mass shootings in mosques in Christchurch, received a life sentence without parole from the High Court of Christchurch on Thursday. 

Tarrant, who did not oppose the sentence, was subsequently labeled "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 said that there was no minimum period of imprisonment to sufficiently denounce the crimes.

"It is incumbent on the court to respond in a way that decisively rejects such vicious malevolence," Mander said, cited by AFP.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Tarrant said, "His political and social views at the time weren't real, saying he felt ostracized and had wanted to damage society" and admitted that it was a terror attack, claiming, however, that he was not racist or xenophobic.

MA/Sputnik

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