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    The judge, Cameron Mander, called Tarrant's crimes "brutal and beyond callous", sentencing the Australian to life without parole for killing 51 people and wounding 50 others in brutal terror attacks on the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in March 2019.

    New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has supported the court sentence for Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant, saying that he deserves "a lifetime of complete and utter silence".

    "It gave me relief to know that this person will never see the light of day", she said. "I want to acknowledge the strength of our Muslim community who shared their words in court over the past few days. You relived the horrific events of March 15 to chronicle what happened that day and the pain it has left behind... 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".
    Brenton Tarrant, the gunman who shot and killed worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen during his sentencing at the High Court in Christchurch, New Zealand, August 24, 2020.
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    Brenton Tarrant, the gunman who shot and killed worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks, is seen during his sentencing at the High Court in Christchurch, New Zealand, August 24, 2020.

    In March 2019, Tarrant stormed two mosques in the city of Christchurch, live streaming the massacre. He later pleaded guilty to all 51 murder charges, as well as 40 charges of attempted murder, and one charge for engaging in a terrorist act.

     

     

     

     

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    Christchurch massacre, Christchurch, Shooting, Brenton Tarrant, Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand
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