Over New Zealand’s mosque shooting massacre, an Australian man has been accused and arrested. Police officers stated that the accused would be facing a total of 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he would be produced to court on Friday.
Brenton Tarrant, 28, a doubted white supremacist, was charged with one murder the day after the onslaught on two mosques in Christchurch on 15th March and was imprisoned without a plea.
Fifty people were killed and dozens were wounded as they attended Friday prayers by a single gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons. The gunman televised his attack live on Facebook. Tarrant is scheduled to appear in Christchurch’s High Court through a video link at 10 am local time (5 am, Singapore time) on Friday.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the massacre, as the worst mass shooting by a lone gunman in New Zealand, as a “terrorist assault” and some legal experts thought it might result in charges under New Zealand’s terrorism laws.
A High Court judge stated in court minutes this week that the appearance would broadly be methodical and that Tarrant won’t be required to enter a plea to the charges he is facing.
Judge Cameron Mander stated that the principal purpose of the call on 5 April would be to decide the defendant’s position concerning legal representation and to obtain information from the Crown about certain procedural steps and when it is envisioned those steps would be completed. Police on Thursday stated that other charges are still under consideration.