Brenton Harrison Tarrant, New Zealand’s mass shooter has been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Recall that Tarrant on March 15, 2019, killed not less than 51 worshippers and injured 40 others during Friday Prayer at two Mosques (Al Noor and Linwood Mosque) in Christchurch, New Zealand. An incident he live-streamed on Facebook.
The 29-year-old Australian was convicted on 51 murder charges, 40 attempted murder charges and one terrorism charge.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on Thursday by Justice Cameron Mander of a High Court in Christchurch.
The Judge noted that a finite term was insufficient for such a crime and that Tarrant had shown no remorse.
“Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment and denunciation.
“As far as I can discern, you are empty of any empathy for your victims.”
“The hatred that lies at the heart of your hostility to particular members of the community that you came to this country to murder has no place here – it has no place anywhere,” the Judge said.
Reacting to the judgement, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was relieved that Tarrant “will never see the light of day”.
“The trauma of March 15 is not easily healed, but today I hope is the last where we have any cause to hear or utter the name of the terrorist behind it. His deserves to be a lifetime of complete and utter silence,” she said.
Ardern acknowledged the strength of survivors and families of the victims who gave emotionally-charged statements in court over the past few days.
“Nothing will take the pain away but I hope you felt the arms of New Zealand around you through this whole process, and I hope you continue to feel that through all the days that follow,” she said.