Terrrist who attacked Christchurch mosque is sentenced to life without parole
Terrorist gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole Thursday for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshipers at Christchurch mosque, with a judge calling him “wicked” and “inhuman”. (Photo AFP)
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 Tarrant had failed in his aim of promoting right-wing extremism as he gunned down victims in cold blood but the New Zealand Muslim community had still paid a terrible price.
“It was brutal and beyond callous. Your actions were inhuman,” the judge said.