A canadian man was on Friday sentenced to life in prison for carrying out a mass shooting at a mosque in Qubec, Canada which killed 6 people.
29-year-old Alexandre Bissonnette pleaded guilty last year to six counts of first-degree murder and six counts of attempted murder during this incident which sparked outrage across Canada.
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau termed the act as a terrorist attack at the time but the judge declared that the crime was not an act of terror but a crime motivated by prejudice against immigrant Muslims.
The judge denied the prosecution’s request to deny the accused eligibility for parole for 150 years terming the request as unreasonable. He will therefore, be eligible for parole after 40 years.
But the judge also said Bissonnette’s mental health issues, including an obsession with suicide, played a role in the shooting and influenced his sentence.
The judge recounted Bissonnette’s remarks to a prison social worker in September 2017, when he expressed a desire for “glory” in shooting congregants and that he “regretted not shooting more”.
This attack came amid a rise in hate crimes against Muslims in Canada that is worrying experts. Hate crimes against Muslims rose by 253% between 2012 and 2015.