Fri, 14 May 2021

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – Philip Arps, a man from New Zealand, has been jailed for 21 months after sending the Christchurch shooting video to a friend and at least 30 other people.

Stephen O'Driscoll, Christchurch District Judge mentioned that Arps has unrepentant views regarding the Muslim community.

On Tuesday, Arps pleaded guilty as he faced two charges involving the distribution of objectionable material, particularly for sharing footage of the live-streamed attack.

Arps intended to share a modified video with crosshairs and kill-count. The New Zealand Herald also reported that he described the modified footage as "awesome".

Judge O'Driscoll condemned Arps for his actions, calling it a hate crime that's particularly cruel.

Despite this, O'Driscoll said he doesn't want to publicize Arp's case as he might see this as a "badge of honour".

The 44-year old businessman was convicted of offensive behaviour in 2016, after leaving a pig's head outside the Al Noor mosque, one of the targeted sites of the mass shooting in Christchurch.

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