Christchurch terror attack: Business owner pleads guilty to reposting livestream

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A Christchurch businessman has pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing the livestream of last month's terror attack.

Phillip Arps, 44, was remanded in custody for sentencing on June 14 when he appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Friday.

Arps sent the video to a person, who he asked to modify it by inserting cross hairs and a kill count.

In another series of messages, he distributed the unmodified video to about 30 associates.

He had planned to distribute the modified footage as a meme.

A police statement to the court said he called the footage "awesome" and had little empathy for the victims.

Arps' company, Beneficial Insulation, uses a "Black Sun" as part of its logo while advertising its services as starting at $14.88 per metre - a number used as a common hate symbol.

Both symbols appeared inscribed on images of guns posted on Twitter by the alleged Christchurch mosque shooter in the lead up to the terror attack.

The Black Sun was designed under the guidance of Nazi SS leader Heinrich Himmler and is commonly used by neo-Nazi groups.



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