The white supremacist who slaughtered 51 worshippers in two New Zealand mosques had planned to burn down the mosques later, a prosecutor said in court Monday while describing two of these praying as creating heroic efforts to block the mass shooting.
New details regarding the March 2019 strikes were summarized through the initial day of a four-day sentencing hearing in the Christchurch High Court. The hearing gave a few Americans and families their first opportunity to face the gunman.
“You murdered your humanity, and that I do not believe the planet will forgive you for your dreadful offense,” said a tearful Maysoon Salama, the mum of 33-year-old Atta Elayyan, that had been murdered in the strikes. “You believed you can break us.
He is the first man in New Zealand to be sentenced to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole.
Tarrant was brought to the court shackled and wearing a gray prison outfit. From the pier, unshackled and surrounded by five officers, he showed little emotion during the hearing. He sometimes looked around the area, tapped his hands, and observed the natives as they discussed.
The court was just half full as a result of coronavirus distancing demands, while others saw from adjoining courtrooms in which the hearing was staged. Survivors and relatives sometimes wept and comforted each other.
The hearing started with prosecutors outlining the strikes at a 26-page overview of truth, the first comprehensive account by police regarding what occurred that day.
Crown prosecutor Barnaby Hawes explained that two months before the strikes, Tarrant flew a drone right within the Al Noor mosque, documenting an aerial perspective of the buildings and grounds and taking notice of their entrance and exit doorways.
Hawes said the gunman proposed his attacks for as soon as the maximum amount of worshippers were current, in which 190 people were at the Al Noor mosque for Friday prayers on the afternoon of the strikes.
Also, he brought with him four altered gas containers that he intended to use to burn the mosques after he stopped shooting, Hawes said. The gunman later told authorities he wished he’d used them.
“He raced at the suspect in the northwestern corner of this area. After Mr. Rashid was roughly 1 meter from the suspect, the defendant flew the AR-15 about and fired four shots in the point-blank selection,” Hawes said.
“Mr. Rashid crashed to the suspect and the defendant went down to one knee,” Hawes said, including that Tarrant managed to get up and take Rashid again.
In the next mosque, Abdul Aziz chased Tarrant down the driveway yelling at him, prosecutors said, and threw a lost gun in his vehicle, shattering a glass panel. Aziz wasn’t hurt.
Tarrant has disregarded his attorneys and is representing himself throughout the Legislation, increasing fears he could attempt using the event for a platform to advertise his racist opinions. He can opt to speak after the natives have spoken, even though the judge will probably shut down any efforts he gets to grandstand.
New Zealand abolished the death penalty for murder in 1961, along with the funniest sentence imposed since then continues to be life imprisonment with a minimum 30-year non-parole period. Justice Cameron Mander will choose the gunman’s paragraph at the close of the hearing.
The strikes targeting people praying in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques shocked New Zealand and motivated new legislation banning the deadliest kinds of semi-automatic weapons. They also prompted international changes to societal media protocols following the gunman live-streamed his assault on Facebook, in which it had been seen by thousands and thousands of individuals.
Prosecutors stated that following Tarrant abandoned the Linwood mosque he intended to drive into the city of Ashburton and assault the third mosque. However, he had been rammed by two police officers, dragged from his vehicle and detained.
“We’re a calm and loving community who didn’t deserve your activities,” Fouda said. “Your love is unnecessary. When you’ve done anything, you’ve attracted the entire world community closer together with your wicked actions.”