New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole on Thursday for the live-streamed massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers last year, with a judge calling him “wicked” and “inhuman”.
The judge imposed the maximum available sentence on the 29-year-old Australian, the first time the sentence has been imposed in New Zealand.
Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister, said Tarrant deserved a “lifetime of complete and utter silence”.
Judge Cameron Mander said Tarrant’s crimes were so wicked that a lifetime in jail could not begin to atone for them. He said they had caused enormous loss and hurt and stemmed from a warped and malignant ideology.
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