NZ mosque shooter gets life without parole

By Eudore R. Chand

One of the New Zealand mosque just before the shooting started - video grab

WELLINGTON, New Zealand 28 August 2020: A New Zealand judge sentenced the man responsible for two deadly attacks on New Zealand mosques in 2019 to life in prison without parole on Thursday.

He killed 51 Muslim worshippers in the country’s deadliest shooting. The judge said the sentence was not enough punishment for the “wicked” crimes, reported Reuters and Wam.

It was the first time a court in New Zealand had sentenced a person to prison for the rest of their life.

Tarrant, a 29-year-old Australian, admitted to 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act during the 2019 shooting rampage at two Christchurch mosques which he livestreamed on Facebook.

High Court Judge Cameron Mander said in Christchurch on Thursday that a finite term would not be sufficient.

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