Cricket Australia vs New Zealand, first T20, live scores: Start time, how to watch, preview, weather updates at Christchurch

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The road to the 2021 T20 World Cup in India begins on Monday as Australia and New Zealand start their five-match series.

Aaron Finch leads a severely depleted Australian outfit that is without its multi-format stars due to a schedule conflict with the tour of South Africa, which has since been postponed.

Leading a team without the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner or Pat Cummins available would be an unenviable task at the best of times for Finch, but it becomes even more daunting given his form slump in the game’s shortest format.

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The Christchurch commission’s call to improve social cohesion is its hardest – and most important – recommendation

The most fundamental obligation of any state is the safety of its citizens. On 15 March 2019, New Zealand completely failed in this obligation. The Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Terrorist Attack on Christchurch Mosques was designed to tell us why and how this happened – why 51 people were murdered, and what steps need to be taken to prevent such acts recurring.

In a nutshell, the commission concluded no one was solely to blame. It was a collective failure, divided between the security agencies, the police and a population lacking social cohesion and with a fear of speaking out.

The failure of the security agencies was unremarkable in the commission’s analysis. They were alienated, under-resourced and overly focusing counter-terrorism resources on the threat of Islamist extremism.

While the agencies were aware of right-wing extremism, their intelligence was underdeveloped – but even if it had been better, the outcome may not have been different.

The primary reason the terrorist was not detected, the commission concludes, was due more to the operational security that the individual maintained, the legislative authorising environment in which counter terrorism operates, and the limited capability and capacity of the counter terrorism agencies.

The 800-page report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks asks New Zealanders to prevent another such atrocity.

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Intelligence and police failures

So, there was “no plausible way he could have been detected except by chance”. And apparently, this failure to detect was “not in itself an intelligence failure”. In fact, no security agency failed to meet required standards or was otherwise considered to be at fault.

Views will differ on that, but the culpability of the police is clearer. The report concludes their administration of the firearms licensing system did not meet required standards, due to a lack of staff guidance and training, and flawed referee vetting processes.

This intersected with the regulation of semi-automatic firearms which was “lax, open to easy exploitation and was gamed by the individual”.

Even so, the commission concluded it was possible, perhaps likely, that the terrorist would eventually have been able to obtain a licence. Beyond that is supposition: an effective licensing regime may have delayed his preparation, but whether it would have changed his mind about the attack, the target, the weapons, or even the country he was in, will always be unknown.

Whether these failings are sufficient for ministerial and/or agency accountability is a matter of debate. The last time anything comparable happened was after the Cave Creek disaster in 1995, when the responsible minister resigned over the systemic failure at the Department of Conservation.

Preventing another attack

Official accountability aside, the commission sets out the road map to prevent such an attack happening again. Fixing the firearms licence process will be the easiest. The six recommendations calling for enhanced standards and improved quality control dovetail with laws put in place after the attack.

The type of firearms used in the attack are largely prohibited and those who show “patterns of behaviour demonstrating a tendency to exhibit, encourage, or promote violence, hatred or extremism” can no longer be considered fit and proper to possess a firearm.

The other change will be harder. There are no fewer than 18 different recommendations aimed at the security agencies, starting with the creation of a new ministerial portfolio and establishment of a new national intelligence and security agency.

It will need to be well-resourced and empowered to meet a range of objectives, from developing a counter-terrorism strategy to creating a public-facing policy that addresses, prevents, detects and responds to extremism.

Also among the recommendations are greater information sharing between agencies, public outreach, the reporting of “threatscapes” and developing indicators identifying a person’s potential for violent extremism and terrorism.

All commendable goals, but how they will be reconciled with existing security agency remits, and whether there is a budget to meet such ambitions, is not clear at this stage.

Imam Gamal Fouda of Al Noor Mosque, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Muslim Association Canterbury President Mohamed Jama at the unveiling of a plaque honouring the 51 people who lost their lives in the Christchurch mosque terror attacks.

The 800-page report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch terror attacks asks New Zealanders to prevent another such atrocity.

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The need for social cohesion

Perhaps most surprising in the report is the suggestion that the likeliest thing to have prevented the attack would have been a “see something, say something” culture – one in which those with suspicions about another person could safely raise their concerns with authorities.

“Such reporting,” the commission says, “would have provided the best chance of disrupting the terrorist attack.” This is a remarkable sentence, both brilliant and unnerving. It suggests the best defence against extremism was (and is) to be found within ourselves, and in the robust and multicultural communities we must create.

However, successive governments have failed in this area through their reluctance to make counter-terrorism strategies more public, perhaps worried about alienating or provoking sections of the population.

It’s a paradox, to say the least, but the commission recommends several measures to enhance social cohesion, beginning with the need to support the ongoing recovery needs of affected family, survivors and witnesses.

These evolve into a variety of soft goals, ranging from the possibility of a new agency focused on ethnic communities and multiculturalism, to investing in young New Zealanders’ cultural awareness.

Again, these recommendation are commendable, but the proof will be in their resourcing and synchronising with existing work in this area.

Free speech and public safety

Greater immediate progress may be made in the prevention of hate speech and an extension of the censorship laws to prohibit material advancing racial hatred, discrimination and/or views of racial superiority.

Although New Zealand already has law in this area (covering discrimination and sentencing in crimes related to race, ethnicity or religion), there remains a large gap when it comes to what is and isn’t permissible speech.

It then becomes a vexed question of the limits of free expression, and would be difficult to craft into law. But if the government could do this, a significant advance will have been made.

So, after all of these words, will the vision of this royal commission make New Zealand safer in the future? The answer is yes, risks can be reduced – but it is a long road ahead.

Alexander Gillespie does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern apologises for failings identified by royal commission into Christchurch attacks

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has apologised for failings in the lead-up to the 2019 Christchurch terrorist attacks, after a royal commission recommended a raft of legislative changes to prevent another massacre in the future.

In March 2019 Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, killing 51 people and wounding another 40.

The royal commission into the attacks has recommended new legislation to criminalise planning or preparing a terrorist attack, and the strengthening of laws around hate speech.

Ms Ardern said there would be accountability, and said implementing the recommendations was the “least we owe” those who died in the attacks.

“On the matters of how the attack occurred and what could have been done to stop it, commission found no failures within any government agencies that would have allowed the terrorist’s planning and preparation to be detected,” Ms Ardern said.

“But they did identify many lessons to be learned and significant areas needing change.”

The report found New Zealand’s intelligence services failed to appropriately investigate the threat of right-wing extremism before the attacks.

“While the commission made no findings that these issues would have stopped the attack, these were failings none the less, and for that, on behalf of the Government, I apologise,” Ms Ardern said.

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Cricket news: West Indies break Covid rules in New Zealand, Christchurch

The West Indies cricket squad repeatedly broke isolation rules inside their team hotel, New Zealand health officials said Wednesday, adding that the tourists’ training privileges had been revoked as punishment.

The cricketers are undergoing a mandatory 14-days quarantine in Christchurch before starting their tour later this month featuring three Twenty20 matches and two Tests.

The players were given special permission to train together during the isolation period, subject to strict bio-secure protocols, but the New Zealand Health Department said the commitment had not been honoured.

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FA Cup qualifying: Christchurch look for another upset against Dulwich Hamlet

Christchurch knocked out National League North side Gloucester in a penalty shootout to reach the third qualifying round
Venue: Hurn Bridge Sports Ground Date: Tuesday 13 October, KO 19:45 BST
Coverage: Live on BBC iPlayer, Red Button and BBC Sport online.

Fifteen years after losing his son in a car accident, Tony Bernard will look on at the stand which bears his name and hope for inspiration as Christchurch aim for FA Cup progress in front of the BBC Sport cameras.

Former Christchurch player Stevie Bernard was just 18 when he died along with two friends in the accident on the A27. His family have since helped raise almost half a million pounds for the charity named after him.external-link

“We’ve had our down times at the club so it’s nice to have a good day,” 63-year-old Tony says as the club and town prepare for the visit of Dulwich Hamlet in the FA Cup third round qualifying.

“Stevie had just had England schoolboys trials and was playing for Chichester, who made the second round last year, when he died.

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Tony will be a steward in front of the stand named after his son on Tuesday

“We play a friendly every year between the sides and it got cancelled this year, so fingers crossed we meet in the next round.

“We have raised £485,000 for the charity and have helped tens of thousands of kids.

“I’m quite happy looking at the stand hoping he’s looking down on the lads. If there is an extra hand he can give them I know he will.”

Christchurch – who play in the Wessex League Premier Division, three tiers below their National League South opponents Dulwich Hamlet – sold their allotted 300 tickets in just three hours.

On a ‘normal’ pre-covid game they may expect 70 through the gates.

The club has had to have extra electric points put in for the first televised match in the club’s 135-year history as they aim to extend their best-ever run in the old competition.

Opponents Dulwich were on BBC TV last year when they hosted Carlisle in the first round.

They will start as favourites but, as Tony says, “hopefully they’ll have a horrible journey down from London”.

’20 years in charge and they got me a desk’

Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver took some headlines this summer when, upon promotion, he became the longest-serving manager in the Football League.

Weaver’s 11-year reign at the new League Two side is certainly impressive, but he’s got nothing on one manager in FA Cup action this week – who’s into his second millennium at the reins.

Step forward Dave Diaper, who took charge of Sholing FC of the Southern League Division One South side way back in 1999.

They take on Walton Casuals, with the manager being able to plan from his new desk.

“It’s 1,114 games in charge on Tuesday which makes team talks very interesting,” Diaper said.

“It’s a great experience to be in one job as long as I have, I’ve created five or six teams in that time and it’s been great to see the club grow in the community.

“Off the field we have always been behind but we are getting nice facilities now and I’ve even got an office for the first time this year.

“All we had was a changing room before, the building was 60 years old, so I’m up here all the time now, which has been great – though my wife wouldn’t agree.”

Diaper’s longevity has extended to his players: Midfielder Byron Mason has played over 600 times, his brother Dan has scored an incredible 221 goals in the last six years, and at least six other players have made more than 200 appearances for the club.

“There’s no such thing as loyalty in football but these guys have certainly been loyal to me,” Diaper said.

“You either change your manager or the team every few years, that’s the model, but that hasn’t happened here. We don’t take losing lightly but we try and make it an enjoyable experience.

“We have got six or seven players who could easily play higher, with a good pedigree. They have got the talent and all I can ask is that they put on a show on Tuesday.”

Who else should we keep an eye on?

In total five clubs from from step five of the non-league pyramid have made it this far, namely:

Chatham Town (play Havant & Waterlooville)

Christchurch (play Dulwich and Hamlet)

Longridge Town and Skelmersdale United (play each other)

Sheppey United (play Eastbourne Borough).

The Longridge Town v Skelmersdale United match guarantees a step five side in the fourth qualifying round draw, where the likes of Notts County and Chesterfield enter.

Get through that – and it’s first-round proper time…

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Scott Morrison says he has not been asked to jail Christchurch mosque terrorist in Australia

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has downplayed the prospect of the terrorist responsible for the Christchurch mosque shootings serving his life prison sentence in Australia. 

Victims have shared testimony this week at Brenton Tarrant’s sentencing hearing, recounting their deep pain and devastation in emotionally-charged victim impact statements. 

Some have even called for the judge to send the gunman back to Australia, while others have expressed “utter rage” that the shooter responsible was a “guest to New Zealand”.

The gunman was on Thursday sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

But Mr Morrison said no request had been made to the Australian government about returning the white supremacist to his country of birth. 

“This is not a matter which Prime Minister Ardern has raised with me,” he told reporters in Canberra. 

“It’s normal practice that criminals convicted of these offences serve their sentences in that jurisdiction, and that’s my understand of what the arrangements are.

“No request has been made to Australia for that to be any different.”

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters on Thursday repeated calls for the gunman to be returned to the country that raised him.

“Now is the time for Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, to receive and carry out the terrorist’s sentence in Australia,” Mr Peters said.

The gunman, born in Grafton in northern New South Wales, carried out New Zealand’s deadliest shooting last year when he live-streamed his attack on two mosques.

At the sentencing hearing on Wednesday the father of a teenage boy killed in the massacre made a heartfelt plea to justice Justice Cameron Mander to return him to Australia. 

John Milne holds a photograph of his son, Sayyad Milne, who was killed in the Christchurch shooting.

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John Milne’s 14-year-old son Sayyad was shot in the head while praying at Al-Noor mosque.

“Please, as part of your sentencing, send Brenton back to Australia where he came from.” Mr Milne told the court.

Kyron Gosse, the nephew of 68-year-old shooting victim Linda Armstrong also condemned the terrorist for carrying out his hate-driven attack in New Zealand.  

“I want you to understand my utter rage at learning this man was a guest to New Zealand,” he told the court. 

“He entered into our home with ill intentions and hate in his heart only to repay our hospitality by murdering our family and our guests.”

Kyron Gosse, nephew of mosque shooting victim Linda Armstrong.

Kyron Gosse, nephew of mosque shooting victim Linda Armstrong.

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Mr Morrison said the court proceedings had been a tragic reminder of the massacre and extended his sympathies for the anguish still being experienced by all those impacted.

“I remember these events – as we all do terribly and once again as New Zealanders in particular are brought to remembrance of that just unthinkable day – my heart goes out to them,” he said.

“It brings it all back, even as we stand here, it’s bringing it back for me.”

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Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life in jail without parole for Christchurch shooting

Australian mass killer Brenton Tarrant will die behind bars in New Zealand.

The 29-year-old white supremacist has been sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for last year’s Christchurch mosque attacks that killed 51 people and injured 40 – the country’s deadliest ever mass shooting.

It’s the first time in New Zealand’s history such a sentence has been imposed.

Handing down the sentence in the Christchurch High Court on Thursday, Justice Cameron Mander ordered that Tarrant never be released from the maximum-security Auckland Prison in Paremoremo.

“Having given the matter much consideration, I am satisfied that no minimum period of imprisonment would be sufficient to satisfy the legitimate need to hold you to account for the harm you have done the community,” Justice Mander said.

“I have concluded there is no minimum term of imprisonment available to me that would not otherwise equate to a whole-of-life sentence.”

Tarrant, whom it was feared would use the sentencing as a platform to further spread his ideology, ultimately waived his right to speak at the hearing, after informing the court through its counsel he did not oppose life without parole.

After learning his fate, he was unceremoniously shuffled out of the courtroom by the towering officers who had sad stony-faced by his side for the gruelling four days.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement that justice had been delivered “to the terrorist and murderer for his cowardly and horrific crimes in Christchurch”.

“It is right that we will never see or hear from him ever again,” Mr Morrison said.

“All Australians were horrified and devastated by his despicable act. New Zealand is family to us. Today, we send our love across ‘the ditch’ and I had the opportunity to pass on those wishes earlier today to New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern.”

Ms Ardern said the crime was one that “New Zealand has never seen the likes of before and this is a sentence we’ve never seen before”.

“It gave me relief, to know that person will never see the light of day,” she said.

“The trauma of March 15 is not easily healed, but today I hope is the last where we have any cause to hear or utter the name of the terrorist behind it,” she said. “His deserves to be a lifetime of complete and utter silence.”

Justice Mander said the sentence represented the community and court’s “repudiation” of Tarrant’s crimes and his “warped and malignant ideology”, which he described as “anathema to the values on which our inclusive society is based”.

“You committed mass murder, you slaughtered unarmed and defenceless people, you maimed, wounded and crippled many others, your victims included the young and old, men, women and children,” he said.

“At one stage during your online commentary you referred to what was happening as a ‘firefight’. The absurdity of that lie reflected your need to mask the truth of your cowardly massacre of people who had no chance to protect themselves. It is self-evident your offending constituted extreme violence. It was brutal and callous. Your actions were inhuman.”

He continued, “You deliberately killed a three-year-old infant by shooting him as he clung to the leg of his father – but one instance of the pitiless cruelty you exhibited throughout.”

Justice Mander said in his sentencing he had “also taken into account the undoubtedly stricter conditions of custody to which you will be subjected”, describing the “onerous” conditions as “of course to a large extent a product of the enormity of your crimes”.

He stressed that while it was “difficult to look beyond the wicked nature of each murder and the pain and suffering you have caused”, Tarrant was “not only a murderer but a terrorist”.

Tarrant’s actions “go further than demonstrating a contempt for the sanctity of life”, Justice Mander said, but “in the name of a political ideology or cause” were “essentially (an) attack on New Zealand’s way of life”.

Crown prosecutor Mark Zarifeh, arguing for the imposition of life without parole, said the “enormity of the offending in this case is without comparison in New Zealand’s criminal history” and that it was “undoubtedly” the kind of crime envisaged by parliament when it passed the legislation in 2010.

Standby counsel Phillip Hall, acting for Tarrant, said he had only been given one instruction.

“That instruction is that Mr Tarrant does not oppose the application that he should be sentenced to life imprisonment without parole on the convictions where that is open to the court,” Mr Hall said.

Tarrant, originally from Grafton, NSW, initially pleaded not guilty to the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques on March 15, 2019, which he live-streamed on Facebook via a GoPro camera attached to his helmet.

He changed his mind and in March pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of committing a terrorist act, sacking his legal team to represent himself at his sentencing hearing, which began this week.

Justice Mander sentenced Tarrant to life imprisonment to be served without parole for the murders, concurrent terms of 12 years for the attempted murder charges, and life imprisonment for the terrorism charge.

Under the 2010 law, murder is the only crime for which a court can order a life sentence be served without parole.

Mr Zarifeh said the Crown’s belief was that Tarrant still showed no remorse and feared he would continue to pose a danger of plotting further terrorist acts, even in prison. He said there should be no concession given for the guilty plea.

“The nature of the offending itself completely overwhelms the effect of the guilty plea,” he said.

Tarrant sat with his chin on one hand as he listened intently to the arguments.

Justice Mander noted Tarrant had not filed any submissions or sentencing memoranda. Tarrant indicated he did not wish to say anything further, and nodded when asked if he was aware he had the right to make submissions.

Amicus curiae Kerry Cook, appointed by Justice Mander to present arguments against life without parole, pointed to the “inconsistency” between the 2010 law and provisions in New Zealand’s bill of rights related to torture and arbitrary detention.

Mr Cook said the court had an obligation to recognise the “objective utilitarian benefit” of Tarrant’s guilty plea.

He also suggested there was “residual” hope for rehabilitation, noting Tarrant in his manifesto had said he would plead not guilty “yet he did”.

“The views he held then are not the views he holds now in relation to that, and there may be some further shift in the future,” Mr Cook said.

“The point is, even during the year of his incarceration there has been movement in his views. That movement includes the offer to meet the victims in a restorative justice process.”

In a pre-sentencing report prepared for the court, Tarrant described his offending to the author as “abhorrent and irrational” and said nothing good came from it, according to Mr Zarifeh.

But the report said Tarrant showed “cognitive distortions about his motives” and that his psychologist and psychiatrist questioned the reliability of his expressions of remorse and disavowal of his previous views.

“(The psychiatrist) went on to point out he had shown himself capable of careful planning of extreme violence over extended time periods and that the possibility of terrorist acts, albeit in prison at some future point, should not be discounted,” Mr Zarifeh said.

Justice Mander said he remained “sceptical” of Tarrant’s claimed contrition.

“You told one of the health assessors that you considered the best course for yourself and your victims was to remain silent and say nothing, and that you did not wish to come across as showing remorse in order to obtain mitigation for what you did,” he said.

“To my observation, however, you remain entirely self-absorbed. There is little to indicate that your pleas denote any deeply held sense of remorse for your victims of that your are particularly distressed at having caused such terrible grief.”

Justice Mander accepted that Tarrant had “forsaken the opportunity to use this process as a platform” and “now appear to accept what you did was wrong” but that “you appear neither contrite nor ashamed”.

“Your regret appears centred on the waste of your own life … rather than the innocent lives you have taken,” he said.

Tarrant told the pre-sentencing report writer that his previous beliefs were “not real”, that he was in a “poisoned emotional state” and “terribly unhappy” in the lead-up to his crimes, and that he felt ostracised and wanted to damage society as an act of revenge.

In the weeks preceding his sentencing he told a psychologist he had been acting on “delusional beliefs” and “romantic or idealistic notions” that he would die in the name of a cause.

Justice Mander said these attempts to rationalise his actions were at odds with the boasting statement Tarrant gave to police or the fact that he was “at pains to avoid being shot” when he was arrested.

“(You told them) your crimes were committed in the context of ‘war’ against ‘invading populations’ and … described yourself as a ‘partisan’,” he said.

He noted the psychologist did not believe Tarrant’s claims about his mental state, as the extreme concentration and energy required to plan the attacks were inconsistent with a depressive episode.

“Stripped of your warped political and ideological trappings, you present as a deeply impaired person motivated by a base hatred for people you perceive to be different from yourself,” he said.

On Monday, with victims and their families watching from seven overflow courtrooms, plus more than 300 people in 15 different countries viewing via video-link, the lengthy summary of facts was read out.

The outline described Tarrant’s preparations for the attacks after arriving in the country in 2017, including acquiring and training with high-powered firearms, researching mosques and even flying a drone over the Al Noor mosque “to conduct reconnaissance”.

The horrific events of March 15, 2019, were then walked through in forensic, moment-by-moment detail.

Tarrant appeared emotionless as details of the massacre were read aloud, at times gazing at the ceiling or turning to peer at several of the crying victims seated in the public gallery behind him.

Over the next two-and-a-half days, the court heard nearly 90 harrowing and heartbreaking victim impact statements from family members and friends of the deceased, and survivors of the shootings.

More than 220 victim impact statements were provided in total.

Many of those who spoke pleaded with Justice Mander that Tarrant never be allowed to walk free. Others requested he be moved to a general population prison without special protections. There were also calls for him to be sent back to Australia to serve out his sentence.

Most victims wanted to tell Tarrant that he had failed in his goal of sowing division. They described how New Zealand had rallied around its Muslim community, which had only become stronger in the aftermath.

Shortly before the attacks Tarrant uploaded a 74-page manifesto to internet messageboard 8chan and emailed copies to more than 30 recipients including media outlets and Ms Ardern’s office.

The racist, anti-immigration manifesto, which outlined Tarrant’s theories of “white genocide”, was quickly deemed “objectionable” by the Chief Censor of New Zealand, making it illegal to possess or distribute in the country.

In a bid to prevent Tarrant from using his sentencing as a platform to spread his ideology, the court had ordered that there was to be no live reporting of the hearings, either by media or other observers.

The court “has a duty, particularly in the context of offending against the Terrorism Suppression Act, to ensure it is not used as a platform and is obliged, to the extent possible, to prevent it being used as a vehicle to cause further harm”, Justice Mander said in a minute earlier this month.

The only footage and recordings from the hearings permitted to be broadcast, provided to media under a pool arrangement, were the opening of the hearing, with Tarrant in the dock, the reading of the summary of facts, the presentation of submissions and the delivery of the sentence.

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Christchurch mosque attack: Brenton Tarrant sentenced to life without parole

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The victims of the Christchurch massacre

A New Zealand court has sentenced a man who killed 51 people at two mosques to life in prison without parole, the first person in the country’s history to receive this sentence.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 29, admitted to the murder of 51 people, attempted murder of another 40 people and one charge of terrorism.

The judge called his actions “inhuman”, adding that he had “showed no mercy”.

The attack last March, which was livestreamed, shocked the world.

“Your crimes are so wicked that even if you are detained until you die, it will not exhaust the requirements of punishment,” said Judge Cameron Mander in a Christchurch court on Thursday.

On imposing a sentence of life without parole, Justice Mander said: “If not here, then when?”

A sentence without parole means the offender will not be given the opportunity to leave prison after serving only a portion of their total sentence.

Justice Mander said such sentences were reserved only for the “very worst murders”.

New Zealand does not have the death penalty as part of its justice system.

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Justice Mander had harsh words for Tarrant in his sentencing

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, upon hearing of Tarrant’s sentencing, said it meant he would have “no notoriety, no platform… and we have no cause to think about him, to see him or to hear from him again”.

“Today I hope is the last where we have any cause to hear or utter the name of the terrorist,” she said.

In the wake of the killings New Zealand brought in stricter gun laws.

What did the judge say?

On the last day of a four-day sentencing hearing, Justice Mander spent almost an hour reminding Tarrant of each person he killed and injured.

He added that despite the gunman’s guilty pleas, the gunman appeared “neither contrite nor ashamed”.

Tarrant, who said through a lawyer in court that he did not oppose the prosecution’s application for a life without parole sentence, did not react to the sentence. He had earlier also refused the right to speak at his sentencing.

The sentencing hearing began on Monday, with a large part of the first three days dedicated to hearing victim impact statements.

Tarrant appeared largely emotionless over the past three days, as almost 90 victims – some grieving, others defiant – confronted him.

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Sara Qasem, whose father Abdelfattah Qasem died at the Al Noor Mosque, spoke of the last moments of his death, saying: “I wonder if he was in pain, if he was frightened, and what his final thoughts were. And I wish more than anything in the world that I could have been there to hold his hand and tell him it would all be OK.”

She struggled to hold back her tears, before looking at Tarrant and saying “these tears are not for you”.

What happened in Christchurch?

The gunman opened fire on two mosques in the city on 15 March last year.

He first targeted worshippers inside the Al Noor mosque. Less than 30 seconds later, he returned to his car to pick up another weapon and then re-entered the mosque and resumed firing on those inside.

The entire incident was broadcast on Facebook Live via a headcam he was wearing.

He then drove to the Linwood Islamic Centre where he shot two people outside and then shot at the windows.

A man from inside rushed outside and picked up one of the attacker’s shotguns before chasing him away.

Two police officers then chased and arrested the gunman. After his arrest, he told police that his plan was to burn down mosques after his attack and he wished he had done so.

During this week’s sentencing, the court heard that the gunman planned to target another mosque but was detained by officers on the way.

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What do we know about Tarrant?

The 29-year-old white supremacist has been described by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as an “extremist, right-wing terrorist”.

He was born in the Australian state of New South Wales to a father who was a garbage collector and a mother who was a teacher.

After the death of his father in 2010, he quit his job and travelled through parts of Asia and Europe.

His grandmother told news outlet 9News that she believed these travels changed him, saying: “It’s only since he travelled overseas I think that boy has changed – completely to the boy we knew”.

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Tarrant was surrounded by police officers as he sat in the dock

He moved to New Zealand in 2017 and started planning the attacks then.

He was active on fringe online forums and posted a 74 page “manifesto” online prior to his attack.

How did New Zealand respond?

The attack prompted New Zealand to reform its gun laws.

Less than a month after the shootings, the country’s parliament voted by 119 to 1 on reforms banning military-style semi-automatic weapons as well as parts that could be used to build prohibited firearms.

The government offered to compensate owners of newly-illegal weapons in a buy-back scene.

Ms Ardern has said that “much more” needs to be done to stop radicalisation in the country.

“The challenge for us will be ensuring in our everyday actions, and every opportunity where we see bullying, harassment, racism, discrimination, calling it out as a nation,” she said on the first anniversary of the attacks.

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Christchurch mosque gunman’s reaction to his crimes

Clad in an olive-grey prison jumpsuit, hands in his lap, Australian mass killer Brenton Tarrant sat emotionless and at times gazed at the ceiling as the details of his massacre were read aloud in the Christchurch High Court on Monday.

The four-day sentencing hearing for the 29-year-old Australian national began at the High Court in the city of his mass shooting this morning.

He initially pleaded not guilty to his offending but later changed his mind and admitted 51 charges of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act laid under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.

Hands and feet shackled, Tarrant peered at several of the victims sitting in the public gallery as he was shuffled sideways into the courtroom by three towering security officers.

Tarrant confirmed to Justice Cameron Mander that he would be representing himself, before taking his seat.

With victims and their families watching from seven overflow courtrooms, plus more than 300 people in 15 different countries viewing via livestream, crown solicitor Philip Hall QC laid out the horrific events March 15, 2019 in forensic, moment-by-moment detail.

Mr Hall’s voice was shaky at several points as he read through the lengthy summary of facts.

He first outlined Tarrant’s preparations for the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques after arriving in New Zealand in 2017, acquiring and training in the use of high-powered firearms, for which he purchased “in excess of 7000 rounds of ammunition of various calibres”.

The court heard that in the lead-up to the attacks, Tarrant obtained a large amount of information about mosques on the South Island, including detailed plans, interior pictures and prayer schedules “to ascertain when the mosques would be at their busiest”.

On January 8, 2019, Tarrant travelled from Dunedin to Christchurch “to conduct reconnaissance” of the Al Noor mosque.

“The defendant took a position opposite the mosque and flew a drone directly over it,” Mr Hall said. “He filmed an aerial view of the mosque grounds and building. He then flew the drone back over the mosque, in particular the exit and entry doors.”

It was at this point that the Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre “became his primary targets to attack”.

As Mr Hall began to describe the first gunshots of the killing spree at the Al Noor mosque – just after 1.30pm, at the beginning of Friday prayers – Tarrant crossed one leg and began tapping his fingers on his thigh.

At several points he appeared to furrow his brow as he listened, but otherwise sat expressionlessly looking on. Several times he gazed at the courtroom ceiling or turned around to look at the victims sitting behind him.

Tarrant inspected his fingernails as Mr Hall arrived at the youngest victim, three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim.

“He was clinging to his father’s leg,” Mr Hall said. “The defendant aimed directly at Mucad and fired two aimed shots. He walked out the front exit, as he did so he checked prone victims to ensure they had been killed.”

A total of 44 people were killed at the Al Noor mosque, while a further seven were killed at the Linwood mosque.

Forty people received gunshot wounds. “Some will suffer lifelong physical effects,” Mr Hall said.

In his interview with police, Tarrant “referred to his attacks as terror attacks, stated they were motivated by his ideological beliefs, and intended to instil fear in those he (referred to as) invaders”, Mr Hall said.

More than 200 victim impact statements have been provided to the court.

“The presentation of the victim impact statements will be a relatively lengthy process,” Justice Mander said.


Al Noor imam Gamal Fouda said Christchurch had always been a peaceful place, and the mosque provided a place for worship, peace and tranquility.

“That all changed for me on March 15, 2019,” Mr Fouda said.

“I will never forget the events of that day. I was standing on the pulpit and saw the hate of a brainwashed terrorist, formed through the media, fed by some politicians worldwide and others against different races who are non-white. Hatred makes people blind and misguides people.”

Mr Fouda described the enormous pressure placed on him as a community leader in the days following the massacre, helping to identify victims, return belongings and plan burials.

“I did not even see my children for five days,” he said.

“I led many of the burials for friends and people I know. I found this very difficult.”

Mr Fouda said Tarrant’s actions had “changed Christchurch and New Zealand”, but the community “showed their love and support for us”.

“This response to our community was the opposite of what the terrorist had wanted,” he said. “New Zealand is seen by the world as a model of compassion, love and harmony.”

He expressed sympathy for Tarrant’s family. “They have lost a son, and we have lost many from within our community, too,” he said.

“I respect them as they are suffering as we are. Australia is our neighbour and we are all one against hate and racism.”

Addressing Tarrant, Mr Fouda said he was “misguided and misled”. “We are a peaceful and loving community who did not deserve your actions,” he said.

“We go to the mosque for peace and worship. Your hatred is unnecessary. If you have done anything, you have brought the world community closer with your evil actions.”

Muhubo Ali Jama and Abdiaziz Ali Jama, the widow and sister-in-law of victim Muse Awale, were both in the Al Noor mosque at the time of the attack.

“I was praying in the women’s room when the shooting started,” Muhubo said through a translator. “I hid in a cupboard with about eight other women. When the shooting stopped I went to look for my husband. I saw bodies stacked on top of one another.”

Muhobo eventually found her husband lying on the ground in the carpark. “I sat down beside him and held him. I checked his eyes and heart, his breathing – there was nothing,” she said.

“I was calling out for someone to come and help me, but no one came. After some time police came and told me to leave him.”

Her sister Abdiaziz said she would never forget what she saw that day.

“I still have the constant sound, ra-ta, ra-ta, ra-ta, the sound of the gun shooting in my head,” she said.

“I see a lot of dead people. I have been frightened and talk constantly at night. I hear noise and go outside sometimes to look for the shooter. I am unable to erase the memory from my mind.”

Abdiaziz said Mr Awale was a central figure in their lives and “we are lost without him. “Muse taught us about the Koran,” she said. “I miss his friendship and teaching.”


Khaled Alnobani was in the front rows of the main prayer room when the shooting started.

Through a translator, the Jordanian described his anguish at having to run outside.

“I saw people I know being shot,” he said. “I tried to help people but I had to run. I felt very bad when I was outside, and I could here the shooting still going inside the mosque.”

Mr Alnobani said he still has not returned to full-time work and struggles with everyday life.

“I’m always sad,” he said. “I’m depressed, I’m frustrated that someone has taken away my happiness, I am frustrated that I have lost my friends.”

In a powerful moment, Mr Alnobani switched to English at the end of his statement. “My heart is broken,” he said, pointing forcefully at Tarrant.

“We are become more united – just you make that. And thank you for that.”

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