Brenton Tarrant the white supremacist who murdered 51 people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand will serve life in jail without parole. The 29 year old Australian, admitted to murder, attempted murder of another 40 people and one charge of terrorism.
The brutal attack on 15th March 2019, which was livestreamed on social media, shocked the world.
Tarrant is the first person in the New Zealand’s history to receive such a sentence with Judge Cameron Mander calling his actions “inhuman”.
“Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment,” said Judge Mander in a Christchurch court on Thursday.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern spoke after hearing of the conviction and said it meant he would have “no notoriety, no platform… and we have no cause to think about him, to see him or to hear from him again”.
“Today I hope is the last where we have any cause to hear or utter the name of the terrorist,” she said.
Survivors of the attack welcomed the tough sentence imposed on Tarrant with Temel Atacocugu, who survived being shot nine times during the attack at the Al Noor mosque, saying he felt relieved at the sentence.
“Finally we can breathe freely, and we feel secure, and my kids feel secure,” Atacocugu told The Associated Press news agency. “The justice system has locked up this ideology forever.”
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