August 27, 2020
Brenton Tarrant, the mass shooter, who killed 51 Muslim worshippers at a mosque last year in New Zealand court has seen to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the first such ruling ever handed down in the country.
He was sentenced to life imprisonment after he admitted to some 92 charges – 1 associated with terrorism, 40 for attempted murder 51- for murder
At Tarrant’s sentencing of the 29-year-old Australian on Thursday, High Court Judge Cameron Mander said the severity of his crimes justified the harsh penalty.
“Your crimes… are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment and denunciation,” the judge said while handing down the sentence.
As far as I can discern, you are empty of any empathy for your victims.
The shooter –who fired his legal team last month, opting to represent himself, but also waived his right to speak during his sentencing. He live-streamed his act on social media, Facebook and online manifesto penned before the attack – He showed little emotion or no emotion during the ruling, according to DW.
Since the capital punishment was abolished in New Zealand in 1989, and until Tarrant’s case no judge had ever sentenced a criminal to life behind bars with no chance for parole, and the victims’ families plead the judge to issue the harshest punishment possible.
“He deserves not a life imprisonment term of 17, 25 or 30 years, but life imprisonment until his last gasp, his last breath,”Hamimah Tuyan, whose husband Zekeriya succumbed to injuries nearly two months after the shooting, told the court on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern following the ruling, saying Tarrant’s life sentence “gave me relief, to know that person 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,” the PM went on.