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Man who shared Christchurch mosque attack livestream jailed

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A man who shared video of the Christchurch terror attack has been sentenced to 21 months in prison.

Philip Neville Arps was sentenced in the Christchurch District Court on Tuesday for distributing the video, which was deemed objectionable by the Chief Censor.

Fifty-one people lost their lives in the attack on two mosques, which was live-streamed on Facebook.

Arps, 44, sent the video to a friend asking for a 'kill count' to be added for humorous purposes. He also distributed the raw video to 30 others.

Judge Stephen O'Driscoll referred to his callousness and cruelty, and lack of remorse for the victims.

a man in orange shirt © Supplied and Newshub. He said the prospect of rehabilitation, or him changing his views on religion or race is virtually non-existent.

The offending glorified the mass murder carried out under the "pretext of racial hatred", Judge O'Driscoll said.

"You have strong and unrepentant views towards the Muslim community.

"You committed the offence because of your hostility towards a group based on their religion."

Judge O'Driscoll said distributing the video the day after the attack demonstrated "particular cruelty and callousness".

"I don't see any indication of remorse on your part."

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