Man who shared video of Christchurch shooting sentenced to 21 months in prison

Man who shared video of Christchurch shooting sentenced to 21 months in prison

A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison

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A Christchurch businessman who shared a video of worshippers being slaughtered at a New Zealand mosque was sentenced on Tuesday to 21 months in prison.Philip Arps had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of distributing the video, which was livestreamed on Facebook by a gunman on March 15 as he began killing 51 people at two mosques.READ MORE: Alleged shooter in New Zealand mosque attack pleads not guiltyChristchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll said that when questioned about the video, Arps had described it as “awesome” and had shown no empathy toward the victims.The judge said Arps had strong and unrepentant views about the Muslim community and had, in effect, committed a hate crime. The judge said Arps had compared himself to Rudolf Hess, a Nazi leader under Adolf Hitler.“Your offending glorifies and encourages the mass murder carried out under the pretext of religious and racial hatred,” the judge said.WATCH: Suspect in Christchurch mosque shooting pleads not guilty in New Zealand court

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