Australian man pleads guilty to Christchurch mosque attack

Nellie Chapman
March 26, 2020

The man accused of murdering 51 people in the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques previous year has today admitted he carried out the killings.

Instead, Tarrant appeared in court via video link on Thursday local time and told the judge he would change his plea from not guilty to guilty of 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorism.

The trial, which was scheduled for June, has now been canceled, and a sentencing date has yet to be confirmed. In the wake of the killings, New Zealand brought in stricter gun laws.

Tarrant is the first person to be found guilty of terrorism in New Zealand under laws passed after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.

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She said that on the one hand, she had wanted to find out more details about what happened at the trial but on the other hand was feeling relieved about not having to face the trauma of sitting through it.

Mander said sentencing would take place "at a time when victims and their families can attend the court in person", he said. The shooter is facing life imprisonment.

The development came as New Zealand and the rest of the world attempts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Bush said imams from the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, the ones targeted by Tarrant, were among only 17 people allowed in court to hear the revised plea.

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