Man Shoots At Mosque During Friday Prayer And Kills 51 Worshippers

Brenton Tarrant, who killed 51 Muslim worshippers, is appealing his conviction and sentence. A hearing date has yet to be set.

Tarrant, a white supremacist, gunned down worshippers at two Christchurch mosques during Friday prayers in March 2019. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the maximum available sentence in New Zealand.

Tarrant gunned down people at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, during Friday prayers. The details of Tarrant’s appeal were not immediately made available by the court, but he claimed he was subject to “inhuman or degrading treatment” while being held in solitary confinement.

Brenton Tarrant started live streaming the terror attack on Facebook from his car. He enters the Al-noor Mosque and opens fire indiscriminately shooting men, women, and children.

Brenton Tarrant was sentenced to jail for life without parole for the murder of the 51 people who died. In addition, he also received this sentence for the attempted murder of 40 others at two Christchurch mosques.

Shooting victim Temel Atacocugu, who survived after being shot nine times by Tarrant, told the gunman to grow up, be a man, and die quietly in jail. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was also devastated by the news, so said she made a pledge a long time ago not to publicly say the terrorist’s name.

There is now legal reform being taken place so that no one finds themself in such a position in the future. New Zealand passed new laws banning semi-automatic weapons, and social media changed to prevent future attacks.

The attacks also prompted New Zealand to pass new laws banning semi-automatic weapons and to change social media policies.

 

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