Businessman admits distributing mosque shooting footage

Philip Arps at a previous appearance. Photo: NZME.
Philip Arps at a previous appearance. Photo: NZME.

A Christchurch businessman has pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing footage of the Al Noor Mosque attack.

44-year-old Philip Neville Arps was convicted on both charges when he appeared via video link in the Christchurch District Court today.

Details of the charges were read out in court.

One charge was for sharing raw footage from the alleged shooter's livestream to approximately 30 people on Facebook.

The other was for requesting the footage be modified by another person - having crosshairs and a "kill count" added.

The court heard he intended to distribute this modified footage as a meme.

A police statement says Arps said the modified footage was "awesome" - and says he showed no empathy for the people killed.