The sentence hearing of the man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in 2019 revealed that he had plans to target a third mosque and kill many people.
According to Evening Standard, it was revealed that Brenton Tarrant wanted to “inflict as many fatalities as possible” with a plan to burn down the mosques.
So far, the Australian has pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of terrorism.
This case has led to a new kind of sentence in New Zealand which will make Tarrant, 29, possibly face life in prison, without parole.
Meanwhile, there have been reactions from the family members of the victims. They have confronted Tarrant in court on Monday.
“You gave yourself the authority to take the souls of 51 innocent people, their only crime – in your eyes – being Muslims,” said Maysoon Salama, whose son Atta Elayyan was killed.
“You transgress beyond comprehension, I cannot forgive you.”