Christchurch mosque attack sentencing: 'Gutless coward', 'the scum of the world' - Victims continue heaping anger on terrorist gunman Brenton Tarrant

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Brenton Tarrant is being sentenced at the High Court in Christchurch for the mosque killings on March 15, 2019. The hearing is ongoing.

Victims continued to heap their anger on the terrorist mosque gunman on the third day of his High Court sentencing, calling him a gutless coward and "the scum of the world".

Ahad Nabi, who lost his 71-year-old father Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi in the mass shooting on March 15, 2019, said his father had now become a martyr and had returned to Allah.

Haji Daoud Nabi.
Haji Daoud Nabi. Photo credit: File

Addressing Justice Cameron Mander, he said: "I ask that this scum of the world never be allowed to walk from the prison in his lifetime. I also ask that he be put into mainstream prison to stop wasting taxpayer money in giving him special treatment".

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 29-year-old Australian, is being sentenced in the High Court at Christchurch after admitting 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder, and one charge of committing a terrorist act. 

The hearing began on Monday with the reading of the Crown's summary of facts and then began hearing victim impact statements which continued all day Tuesday, and into Wednesday.

Ahad Nabi addressed Tarrant directly as he read his statement, saying: "While you are in prison you will come to the reality that you are now in hell and only fire awaits you. Your father was a garbage man and you became the trash of society. 

"He is ashamed of your identity. You deserve to be buried in a landfill."

He said the gunman had tried to make the world a racist cult of one colour, but "you will never succeed". He concluded by pointing a one-fingered salute directly at the terrorist.

Ahad Nabi concluding his victim impact statement on Wednesday.
Ahad Nabi concluding his victim impact statement on Wednesday. Photo credit: Pool

Mustafa Boztas told the gunman: "You are not actually a human, or even an animal, since animals are beneficial to the world." 

He said the terrorist was too dumb to realise that "beneath the skin, all humans are the same".

Rahimi Bin Ahmad told the court of being shot in the lower back at the mosque and waking up paralysed. He was still in a wheelchair and struggling with pain. 

A woman supporting him told the gunman that with his attack he had "lost the last drop of your soul".

Sara Qasem, 25, said she wanted again to hear the voice of her father, Abdelfattah Qasem, who had been taken away by Tarrant's "disgusting, evil, heinous choice".

She said: "This monster who murdered my father and the other beautiful souls is a coward. You are not strong. 

"You are weak. Look at yourself. 

"Look around this courtroom and consider who is the 'other' here? Is it us, or is it you? I think the answer is clear."

Another daughter, Rawan Qasem, said her father had died helping others, showing his noble character. 

"We will not allow this monstrous act to break us," she said.

Aden Diriye, the father of Mucaad Aden Ibrahim who was aged 3 and the youngest victim, said the evil crime had shattered the family's lives and feelings, but they still loved New Zealand and felt they belonged here. 

He said his son would play in the mosque and make friends with every worshipper. 

Mucaad Aden Ibrahim.
Mucaad Aden Ibrahim. Photo credit: File

"He was adored by everyone who gazed upon him," he said. 

Aden Diriye said he did not know the shooter and had never done him or his family any harm. "But I am the type of person who would help you and your family with anything."

He and his family had come to New Zealand 25 years ago, from Somalia. 

"I have never come across a terrorist of the likes of you, before [the shooting]," he said. "Know that true justice is waiting for you in the next life and that will be far more severe. I will never forgive you for what you have done."

Tarrant being brought into the court on Monday.
Tarrant being brought into the court on Monday. Photo credit: Pool

Hasmine Mohamedhosen, whose brother Mohoamed Mohamedhosen was killed, began her address with a reading from the Quran and said, "Kia ora to all of you, except the beast".

She ended by telling Tarrant: "I hope you will rot between the four walls of your cell for eternity".

The sentencing is continuing.