Christchurch gunman sentenced to life in prison without parole

The Australian gunman who killed dozens of people during attacks on two mosques in New Zealand has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant had pleaded guilty during court proceedings in Christchurch to murder, attempted murder and terrorism over the attacks in the city which left 51 people dead.

In imposing the sentence for the first time in the country's history, Judge Cameron Mander said that the white supremacist's crimes were so wicked that a life time 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.

Mr Mander said: "Your actions were inhuman. You deliberately killed a 3-year-old infant as he clung to the leg of his father."

The judge at the high court in Christchurch noted Tarrant had recently told assessors that he now rejects his extremist philosophy and considers his attacks "abhorrent and irrational".

But Mr Mander said the sincerity of that change of heart was questionable and Tarrant had still shown no empathy toward his victims or sorrow for what he had done.

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Survivors of the twin mosque shootings react as they arrive at Christchurch High Court for the sentencing hearing of Brenton Tarrant, in Christchurch on August 27, 2020. - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole on August 27 for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling him "wicked" and "inhuman". (Photo by Sanka VIDANAGAMA / AFP) (Photo by SANKA VIDANAGAMA/AFP via Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Members of the public wait outside Christchurch High Court as they want to show the victims their support during the sentencing of Brenton Harrison Tarrant on August 27, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Al Noor Mosque shooting survivor Taj Mohammad Kamra celebrates as he leaves Christchurch High Court following the sentencing of Brenton Harrison Tarrant on August 27, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 26: Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant arrives for his sentencing hearing at Christchurch High Court on August 26, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant was found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as a engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by John Kirk-Anderson - Pool/Getty Images)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on August 27, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant has been sentenced to life in prison without parole after being found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Abdul Aziz, who saved lives by running at the gunman at the Linwood Islamic Centre (C), greets other victims and their support people as they arrive for the sentencing of Brenton Harrison Tarrant on August 27, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant was found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as a engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 26: Hamimah Tuyan is seen during the sentencing hearing for Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant on August 26, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant was found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as a engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by John Kirk-Anderson - Pool/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 26: Manal Dokhan (R) with Bader Dokhan (C) are seen during the sentencing hearing for Christchurch mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant on August 26, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant was found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as a engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by John Kirk-Anderson - Pool/Getty Images)
Ahad Nabi, whose father Haji Daoud Nabi was killed in Al Noor mosque by Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, gestures towards Tarrant on Tarrant's third day in court for a sentence hearing in Christchurch on August 26, 2020. - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on August 26, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements. (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Abdul Aziz (R), who was hailed a hero when he chased the gunman from the Linwood mosque, gestures towards Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant during Tarrant's third day in court for a sentence hearing in Christchurch on August 26, 2020. - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on August 26, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements. (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: An armed police officer is seen in front of Christchurch High Court prior to the sentencing of Brenton Harrison Tarrant on August 27, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Brenton Harrison Tarrant was found guilty of 92 charges relating to New Zealand's worst mass shooting in history. The Australian was charged with 51 counts of murder and 40 of attempted murder as well as a engaging in a Terrorist Act after opening fire at Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch on Friday, 15 March 2019. 50 people were killed, and dozens were injured while another man died later in hospital. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant listens as Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh delivers his submission in court in Christchurch on August 27, 2020. - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to life in prison without parole on August 27 for the massacre of 51 Muslim worshippers, with a judge calling him "wicked" and "inhuman". (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
John Milne holds a photograph of his son, Sayyad Milne, who was killed by Australian white supremacist Brenton Tarrant, during Tarrant's third day in court for a sentence hearing in Christchurch on August 26, 2020. - New Zealand mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant waived his right to speak at his sentencing hearing in Christchurch on August 26, in a dramatic twist after the court heard more than 90 horrific victim statements. (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the mosque attacks, is lead into the dock for his appearance in the Christchurch District Court, New Zealand March 16, 2019. Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald/Pool via REUTERS. ATTENTION EDITORS - PICTURE PIXELATED AT SOURCE. SUSPECT FACE MUST BE PIXELATED. ONLY HIS FACE.
People gather at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, in New York City, New York, U.S. March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Rashid Umar Abbasi
Nayab Khan, 22, cries at a vigil to mourn for the victims of the Christchurch mosque attacks in New Zealand, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Mark Makela
People taking part in a vigil at the New Zealand War Memorial on Hyde Park Corner following the mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Aahil Ashraf, four, from Birmingham, with his dad Mohamed Ashraf, holds a yellow flower given to him by Christian James Lynch, from Riverside Church, who is handing out flowers to Muslims as they leave Birmingham Central Mosque after the attack on the Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
An armed police officer stands guard next to flowers offered by a resident outside Linwood mosque after Friday's gunmen attacks, in Christchurch, New Zealand March 16, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su
A women places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019, where one of the mass shootings occurred yesterday. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque, site of one of the mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
KILBIRNIE, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: A mourner draws on the pavement outside a Mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington on March 16, 2019 in Kilbirnie, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
KILBIRNIE, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: Mourners gather at a Mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington on March 16, 2019 in Kilbirnie, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
KILBIRNIE, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: Flowers are placed outside a Mosque in Kilbirnie, Wellington on March 16, 2019 in Kilbirnie, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: Locals lay flowers in tribute to those killed and injured at Deans Avenue near the Al Noor Mosque on March 16, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor Mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at the Linwood Mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
KILBIRNIE, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 16: An armed police officer stands guard at the Kilbirnie Mosque, Wellington on March 16, 2019 in Kilbirnie, New Zealand. At least 49 people are confirmed dead, with more than 40 people injured following attacks on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. 41 of the victims were killed at Al Noor mosque on Deans Avenue and seven died at Linwood mosque. Another victim died later in Christchurch hospital. Three people are in custody over the mass shootings. One man has been charged with murder. (Photo by Mark Tantrum/Getty Images)
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn carries a wreath as he arrives at the New Zealand High Commission in Haymarket, London, in the aftermath of the mosque attacks in Christchurch.
Flowers are seen outside of New Zealand house to honour victims of shooting in New Zealand, in London, Britain March 15, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Jacobs
People take part in a demonstration to protest against the Christchurch mosque attack in New Zealand, following Friday prayers in Istanbul, Turkey March 15, 2019. The banners read that: "Say No to Global Terror!". REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Police and ambulance staff help a wounded man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Prime Minister Jacinda Aredrn speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on March 15, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand. One person is in custody and police are searching for another gunmen following several shootings at mosques in Christchurch. Police have not confirmed the number of casualties or fatalities. All schools and businesses are in lock down as police continue to search for other gunmen. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
The New Zealand national flag is flown at half-mast on a Parliament building in Wellington on March 15, 2019, after a shooting incident in Christchurch. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 49 dead on March 15, with one gunman -- identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty Images)
Personas observan del otro lado de la calle frente a una mezquita en Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda, el viernes 15 de marzo de 2019. Un testigo asegura que varias personas fueron asesinadas dentro de la mezquita. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
Police attempt to clear people from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Ambulances parked outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
People wait outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Many people were killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday, a witness said. Police have not yet described the scale of the shooting but urged people in central Christchurch to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Policías armados patrullan fuera de una mezquita en el centro de Christchurch, Nueva Zelanda el viernes 15 de marzo de 2019. Un testigo asegura que varias personas fueron asesinadas en un tiroteo dentro de la mezquita en la ciudad neozelandesa de Christchurch. (AP Foto/Mark Baker)
Ambulance staff take a man from outside a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says many people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
A man rests on the ground as he speaks on his mobile phone across the road from mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. A witness says a number of people have been killed in a mass shooting at a mosque in the New Zealand city of Christchurch; police urge people to stay indoors. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
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An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows a victim arriving at a hospital following the mosque shooting in Christchurch. - At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'. (Photo by TV New Zealand / TV New Zealand / AFP) / New Zealand OUT / XGTY----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO / TV New Zealand / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIVE (Photo credit should read TV NEW ZEALAND/AFP/Getty Images)
In this hand out picture taken by by Pete Marsden a man makes a phone call next to car with shattered windows near the mosque after a firing incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - A gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities. (Photo by Pete MARSDEN / AFP) / XGTY----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO / PETE MARSDEN / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIVE (Photo credit should read PETE MARSDEN/AFP/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Members of the public react in front of the Masjd Al Noor Mosque as they fear for their relatives on March 15, 2019 in Christchurch, New Zealand. One person is in custody and police are searching for other gunmen after a man entered Al Noor Mosque near Hagley Park with automatic rifles and opened fire. Armed police are at second mosque in suburb of Linwood. The number of casualties and fatalities has yet to be confirmed. Streets near the mosques have been evacuated, and schools and businesses around the city are now in lock down . (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)
A man reacts as he speaks on a mobile phone near a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
This picture released by Radio New Zealand shows ambulances rushing towards the mosque after a firing incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - A gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities. (Photo by - / RADIO NEW ZEALAND / AFP) / New Zealand OUT / XGTY----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO /RADIO NEW ZEALAND / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIVE (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture released by Radio New Zealand shows a police officer cordoning a street near the mosque after a firing incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - A gunman opened fire inside the Masjid al Noor mosque during afternoon prayers, causing multiple fatalities. (Photo by - / RADIO NEW ZEALAND / AFP) / New Zealand OUT / XGTY----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO /RADIO NEW ZEALAND / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIVE (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
An image grab from TV New Zealand taken on March 15, 2019 shows armed New Zealand special forces arriving outside the mosque following a shooting in Christchurch. - At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern describing the shooting as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'. (Photo by Laurent FIEVET / TV New Zealand / AFP) / New Zealand OUT / XGTY----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT ' AFP PHOTO / TV New Zealand / NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS- NO ARCHIVE (Photo credit should read LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Armed police maintain a presence outside the Masijd Ayesha Mosque in Manurewa on March 15, 2019 in Auckland, New Zealand. Four people are in custody following shootings at two mosques in Christchurch this afternoon, and the number of fatalities has yet to be confirmed. New Zealanders have been urged to not attend evening prayers today following the attacks. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)
Four people are in custody after what PM Jacinda Ardern called one of the country's darkest days.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as 'one of New Zealand's darkest days'.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described it as ‘one of New Zealand’s darkest days’.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: Police officers cordon off the area as they take security measures around the shooting site after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least 40 people were reportedly killed in twin terror attacks targeting mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, an official said on Friday. Witnesses claim the Al Noor Mosque was targeted by armed assailants and there were up to 200 people inside for Friday Prayers. (Photo by Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Police officers guard the area close to the Masjid al Noor mosque after a shooting incident in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. - Attacks on two Christchurch mosques left at least 40 dead on March 15, with one gunman identified as an Australian extremist -- apparently livestreaming the assault that triggered the lockdown of the New Zealand city. (Photo by Tessa BURROWS / AFP) (Photo credit should read TESSA BURROWS/AFP/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: An ambulance carries wounded person to the hospital after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least nine people were reportedly killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media reported Friday. (Photo by Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 15: A helicopter is seen as security measures are taken after gunmen attacked the two mosques and fired multiple times during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15, 2019. At least nine people were reportedly killed in shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, local media reported Friday. (Photo by Diederik van Heyningen/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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During the four-day sentencing hearing, 90 survivors and family members recounted the horror of the attacks and the trauma they continue to feel.

Some chose to yell at the gunman and give him the finger. Others called him a monster, a coward and a rat. Some sung verses from the Quran or addressed him in Arabic, while a few spoke softly and said they forgave him.

Tarrant had earlier fired his lawyers and told the judge that he did not wish to speak at the hearing. A standby lawyer appointed by the court told the judge that Tarrant did not oppose a sentence of life without parole.

Many of the victims and family members who spoke at the hearing asked the judge to impose the maximum possible penalty – life without the possibility of parole.

Dressed in a gray prison tracksuit, Tarrant showed little emotion during his sentencing. He watched the speakers, occasionally giving a small nod or covering his mouth as he laughed at jokes, often made at his expense.

Sara Qasem spoke Thursday during the four-day hearing about her beloved father Abdelfattah, who was killed in the attacks.

She said: "All a daughter ever wants is her dad. I want to go on more road trips with him. I want to smell his garden-sourced cooking. His cologne.

"I want to hear him tell me more about the olive trees in Palestine. I want to hear his voice. My dad's voice. My baba's voice."

The attacks targeting people praying at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shocked New Zealand and prompted new laws banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons.

They also prompted global changes to social media protocols after the gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.

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