The terrorist responsible for the Christchurch mosque attack has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. This means he will spend the rest of his life in jail.
This is the harshest punishment available under New Zealand law, and is the first time in our history a jail sentence without parole has been given.
He was guilty of 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one terror charge.
Over a three-and-a-half day hearing, 93 people gave victim impact statements directly to the terrorist’s face. These are some of their words.
“My 71-year-old dad would’ve broke you in half if you challenged him in a fight. But you are weak. A sheep with a wolf’s jacket on for only 10 minutes of your whole life.”
Ahad Nabi, whose father Haji-Daoud Nabi’s last words were “hello, brother” before the terrorist killed him.
“I pled to police on that day. I said ‘please give me 15 minutes with me and him. I want to see how much guts he’s got without gun’.”
Abdul Aziz Wahabzadah, who chased the terrorist out of the mosque using only an Eftpos machine.
“I urge you to take a look around this courtroom and ask yourself, who exactly is the other here right now? Is it us? Or is it you. I think the answer is pretty clear.”
Sara Qasem, whose father Abdelfattah Qasem was killed.
“You killed in my name. I am a white Muslim and proud. All you have done is cause great shame for Europeans all around the world.”
Nathan Smith, shooting survivor.
“I am worried for my son’s soul. He has nightmares often now. At first he held his emotions in but the flashbacks of seeing me getting shot and others dying around me makes me cry thinking about it.”
Rahemi Ahmaud , who was shot in front of his ten-year-old son.
“I was from Afghanistan. They were calling me - for fun or as a joke or intentionally - a terrorist. But you took that name from me. Today you are called terrorist, and you proved to the world that I was not, and us as Muslims were not terrorists.”
“I say to the people of New Zealand that ‘terrorist’ does not have religion, race and colour. Any colour, any race, any face could be a terrorist, and we are not terrorist.”
Mirwais Waziri, survivor of the Al Noor Mosque shooting.
“I decided to forgive you, because I don’t have to hate. I have only one choice; to forgive you.”
Janna Ezat, whose son Hussein Al-Umari was killed.
“We are not broken, we have become more united from you. Thank you for that.”
Khaled Alnobani, survivor of the terror attack.