Jun 18, 2019

New Zealand man jailed for distributing terror attacks video

Students display the New Zealand national flag next to flowers during a vigil in Christchurch on March 18, 2019.

Students lay tributes at a vigil in Christchurch on March 18. Photo: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

Christchurch District Court on Tuesday sentenced a businessman to 21 months in prison for sharing live-streamed video of the New Zealand terrorist attack that killed 51 people — which he described as "awesome," Stuff reports.

Details: Philip Neville Arps, 44, pleaded guilty to 2 charges of distributing footage of the mosque shootings, which Judge Stephen O'Driscoll said was, in effect, a hate crime against the Muslim community, per the New Zealand Herald. Arps runs Beneficial Insulation, a firm that uses neo-Nazi imagery, according to RNZ. "You have strong and unrepentant views towards the Muslim community," O'Driscoll said, per Newshub.

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