The New Zealand mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday marking an end the sentencing hearing that began earlier this week.
Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole which is the first time such a sentence has been handed down in the country as the High Court Judge Cameron Mander called the killer “wicked” and “inhuman”.
The New Zealand mosque shooter was responsible for one of the worst shootings in the country last year in March 2019 when he targetted two Christchurch mosques killing Muslim worshipers including children while he live streamed everything on Facebook.
Brenton Tarran admitted to 51 murder charges, 40 of attempted murder and one charge of terrorism and according to the judge a limited term would be insufficient as he stated:
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,
As far as I can discern, you are empty of any empathy for your victims,
According to the prosecutors, Tarrant wanted to instill fear in people he described as invaders and had planned the attacks for years to cause maximum carnage.
The New Zealand mosque shooter, Brenton Tarrant, represented himself during the hearing after firing his attorney and did not oppose the prosecution’s application for a life imprisonment sentence without parole.
Judge Mandor told Tarrant:
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,