Survivors and the family members of slain worshipers in the 2019 New Zealand mosque assaults confronted terrorist Brenton Harrison Tarrant in court Monday throughout a listening to forward of his sentencing.
“I can’t forgive you,” stated Maysoon Salama, whose son Ata Elayyan was killed by the Australian, in accordance with the Sydney Morning Herald. “You gave your self the authority to take the souls of 51 individuals. Our solely crime in your eyes is that we’re Muslims.”
“You killed your individual humanity and I don’t assume the world will forgive you in your horrible crime. Might you get the severest punishment in your evil act in this life, and hereafter,” Salama continued.
Her husband, Mohammad Atta Ahmad Alayan, sobbed as he recalled listening to the “devastating” information that their 33-year-old son was killed. Alayan survived the attack regardless of being shot in the top and shoulder, in accordance with the report.
A handcuffed and gray-clad Tarrant sat stoic as he regarded immediately at most of the victims throughout their statements.
In March, Tarrant pleaded responsible to killing 51 individuals in a pair of shootings — which he livestreamed on Fb — at two mosques in Christchurch on March 15, 2019. One of his victims was simply three years outdated.
The 29-year-old white supremacist faces life in jail at his sentencing later this week and may be stripped of the likelihood of parole — a sentence that has by no means been doled out in the nation’s historical past.
“He meant to instill worry into these he described as invaders, together with the Muslim inhabitants or extra typically non-European immigrants,” prosecutor Barnaby Hawes stated in court, in accordance with the Herald.
Hawes stated Tarrant informed cops after the assaults that he wished he had killed extra individuals and that he had deliberate to burn down the mosques.
Hawes additionally described Tarrant’s cautious planning — together with years spent shopping for firearms, flying a drone over the mosque to case out its exits and even fastidiously selecting the day of the attack, all to trigger most fatalities.
Al Noor mosque imam Gamal Fouda stated Tarrant’s malice was pointless and stated the killer was “misguided and misled.”
“I can say to the household of the terrorist that they’ve misplaced a son and we have now misplaced many from our group too,” Fouda stated, per the Herald. “I respect them as a result of they’re struggling as we’re.”
Excessive Court choose Cameron Mander — who has acquired over 200 sufferer impression statements and different submissions — plans to condemn Tarrant as quickly as Thursday after he has heard from the survivors and victims’ households in court.