September 02, 2020
Mosque terrorist best ditched
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says it’s time for the Christchurch mosque murderer to go home to an Australian prison.
Brenton Tarrant, 29, was last week sentenced to life with no chance of parole after he admitted to the murder of 51 people, attempted murder of another 40 people and one charge of terrorism.
He was yesterday designated as a terrorist entity, meaning it is a criminal offence to participate in or support his activities.
Mr Peters says now the legal process is complete he should be deported to his home country, rather than tying up resources which can be used for prisoners who can be rehabilitated.
"We're going to spend betwen $50 million and $70 million in real terms on this guy for no sound reason. He's a unique case, a case where he's in the world's worst 10 terrorists since the Second World War, that's how bad it is, so it's a one off. Let's get him out of our memory and let's not have him mugging the taxpayer any longer," he says.
Mr Peters says no law change is needed as the law allows for anyone who has spent less than two years in New Zealand who commits a crime drawing a sentence of 3 months or more.
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