Christchurch man Nathan Raureti Symington was sentenced yesterday to 2 years and 6 months jail for distributing ‘objectionable material’ and possession of a firearm.
Symington posted a video online which contained footage of him shooting images of politicians, including then Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, with various weapons including a crossbow and firearm. The video was 1 minute and 42 seconds long.
Symington was also accused of distributing material related to the Christchurch mosque attack suggesting it was a hoax.
The 38-year old had since made a connection with local muslim community, and one member was in court to support him.
In sentencing Symington, Judge Kellar said the video was objectionable because it depicted acts of ‘extreme violence’. He said the harm caused by Symington’s actions was ‘deeply traumatic and disturbing’.
Despite mitigating factors such as Symington’s guilty plea, remorse and time spent on bail, Judge Kellar sentenced him to 2 years and 6 months imprisonment, and ordered destruction of the objectionable material.