New Zealand

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.

Alleged Christchurch shooter pleads not guilty

Armed forces outside of a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand following attacks
Armed police officers stand guard outside the Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers in Christchurch on May 3, 2019, ahead of the holy month of Ramadan. Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/AFP/Getty Images

During a court appearance on Thursday, the suspected shooter in the Christchurch, New Zealand massacre denied his role in the March attack on 2 mosques that resulted in 51 people dead, reports the New Zealand Herald.

Details: His trial is set to take place in May 2020, and is expected to last 6 weeks, per the New Zealand Herald. The court declared the alleged attacker mentally fit to plea. Victims and family members of the victims were in court when the Australian suspect pleaded not guilty, according to the Herald.

Go deeper... Christchurch mosque attacks: Suspect charged with terrorism