On the third day of the hearing, Brenton Tarrant was described as a cowardly, weak and heinous terrorist. He will hear his fate on Thursday.
The 29-year-old Australian admitted to killing 51 men, women and children while praying in two mosques in the city last year.
Tarrant also pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 40 other worshipers and to a terrorism charge.
The day was once again dominated by heartfelt and moving victim impact statements. Tarrant showed little emotion while listening to the testimony.
Aden Diriye’s young son was shot dead in the massacre. His statement was read by his other son Abdiramen Ibrahim. In it he says: “This terrorist killed my beloved three year old son, and to me it is as if you killed all of New Zealand.” ”
He described how his young boy played in the mosque and was adored by everyone, and at home how he ran around pretending to be a cop and wore a police uniform.
Mr. Diriye looked Tarrant directly in the eye as his words were read in court: “Know that true justice awaits you in the next life and it will be much harsher.” “
Ahad Nabi, who lost his elderly father, Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, also spoke directly with Tarrant. “You hurt my father, but you never took me away. You hurt him physically, but you offered my father to become a martyr.
“I will not forgive you, while you are in prison you will come to the reality that you are now in hell and that only fire awaits you.
“Your father was a garbage collector, you have become a waste of society, he is ashamed of your identity. You deserved to be buried in a landfill.
“My 71-year-old dad would have snapped you in half if you had challenged him to a fight. You are weak. ”
Sayyad Milne, John Milne’s 14-year-old son, was shot in the back of the neck as he knelt to pray. “I forgave you Brenton,” he said.
“You are a terrorist, a murderer but still a man. Not a single bullet hit me, but there is a huge hole in my heart – if you have the chance, I would like you to say sorry.
Tarrant faces a mandatory life sentence, but High Court Judge Judge Cameron Mander has the option of sentence Tarrant to life in prison without parole, a sentence never used before in New Zealand.