Christchurch: New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life imprisonment for the massacre of 51 Muslim followers. The judge condemned him as “evil” and “inhumane.”
Judge Cameron Mander said that behind Tarrant s “warped” ideology was a “base hatred” that led him to attack defenceless men, women and children last year in New Zealand s worst terror attack.
“It is incumbent on the court to respond in a way that decisively rejects such vicious malevolence,” Mander said as he announced a sentence unprecedented in New Zealand legal history.
The judge said that Tarrant failed to promote right-wing extremism when he shot the victims in cold blood, but the New Zealand Muslim community still paid a heavy price.
“It was brutal and beyond callous. Your actions were inhuman,” the judge said.
Tarrant is a 29-year-old Australian white supremacist who rushed through two mosques in Christchurch for 20 minutes during Friday prayers on March 15, 2019, arousing global resentment .
After reversing the initial claim of innocence, he pleaded guilty to 51 murders, 40 attempted murders and one terrorism charge for an attack.
The Crown Prosecutor Mark Zarifeh said such atrocities were “not comparable in New Zealand’s criminal history”.