Man who distributed terror video pleads guilty

Arps' tradie van.
Arps' tradie van. Photo credit: File

A man who distributed video of the Christchurch terror attack said he did it because it was "awesome".

Philip Arps, who runs an insulation company with Nazi-style branding, pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court on Friday to distributing the video, which was deemed objectionable by the Chief Censor.

Fifty people lost their lives in the attack on two mosques, which was livestreamed on Facebook.

Arps, 44, sent the video to a friend asking for a 'kill count' to be added for humorous purposes. He also distributed the raw video to 30 others.

"Shared that news…yes, guilty," he told the court when asked for his plea.

Arps will be sentenced in June, and likely faces a jail sentence after the judge ruled out home detention.

Arps' company, Beneficial Insulation, uses a Nazi 'Black Sun' symbol as part of its logo, while advertising its services as starting at $14.88 per metre - a number commonly used by white supremacists. Fourteen stands for a 14-word-long white supremacist slogan, and 88 for 'Heil Hitler' - H being the eighth letter of the alphabet.