Christchurch Massacre: Shooter gets life imprisonment without parole
Brenton Tarrant, who committed a terrorist act at two Christchurch mosques in 2019 killing more than 50, was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole.
Brenton Tarrant admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder during the 2019 shooting rampage at two Christchurch mosques which he live streamed on Facebook.
High Court Judge Cameron Mander said in Christchurch on Thursday that a finite term would not be sufficient.
“Your crimes, however, are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment and denunciation,” said Mander in handing down the sentence.
“As far as I can discern, you are empty of any empathy for your victims,” he said.
Earlier, the prosecutors told the court that Tarrant wanted to instill fear in those he described as invaders and that he carefully planned the attacks to cause maximum carnage.
The 29-year-old, armed with semiautomatic weapons and assault rifles, attacked Muslim worshipers indiscriminately during Friday prayers at the Al-Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch on March 15, 2019.
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