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A South Canterbury man has been jailed for seven months for possessing a copy of the livestream video of the Christchurch mosque shooting, and the accompanying manifesto.

Michael Ross Nolan, 43, of Pleasant Point, appeared via audio-visual link before Judge Joanna Maze on Thursday, pleading guilty to two separate charges of possession of an objectionable publication, a charge of threatening to do grievous bodily harm and possession of methamphetamine and methamphetamine utensils.

Crown prosecutor Anne-Marie McRae told Judge Maze the possession of the copy of the livestream footage of the March 15, 2019, mosque shootings in Christchurch, during which 51 people were killed and another 40 were injured, was “at a high level of seriousness”.

“The livestream video was at the high end of the scale in terms of its depiction of its violence,” McRae said, adding the accompanying manifesto was also virulent.

On July 1, 2021, police found Nolan in possession of the two documents on his computer hard drive.

McRae acknowledged there had been no intent to share the documents.

“The starting point should be between six and 12 months for the high need for deterrence,” McRae submitted to Judge Maze.

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