Arps pleaded guilty to distributing footage of mosque attacks

Christchurch man Philip Neville Arps has pleaded guilty of distributing video of the Christchurch mosque attacks. He told police that modified coverage (with cross hairs and a kill count added) was ‘awesome’.

That sounds despicable, but does it justify a prison sentence? He was remanded in custody when arrested, and seems likely to get a custodial sentence.

Stuff: Philip Arps guilty of sharing livestream of Christchurch mosque massacre

A Christchurch business owner who admitted sharing the Christchurch terror attack livestream told police he thought it was “awesome”.

Philip Neville Arps pleaded guilty on Friday to two charges of distributing the mosque murders video and was remanded in custody for sentencing on June 14.

When questioned by police about the massacre –  in which 50 people were murdered and 39 more shot and wounded – he replied: “I could not give a f…, mate.”

So maybe I shouldn’t give a fuck if he is imprisoned.

Arps asked for Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll to have him assessed for a possible home detention sentence, but the judge ruled it out, indicating Arps would be jailed.

His lack of empathy doesn’t help his case. His sentence is likely to be affected by whether he shows any remorse or not.

I see some need for deterrent sentences  – this seems well up the seriousness scale. If a strong signal needs to be sent he seems a good candidate for copping a jail term.

He is one of 10 people police have taken action against for objectionable publication offences relating to the video of the Christchurch terror attack, including a 16-year-old male.

I presume (hope) these are the worst examples that have involved more than just downloading or viewing the video.