New Zealand Christchurch gunman pleads guilty to 51 murders

Clay Curtis
March 26, 2020

Due to a nationwide lockdown in place for the coronavirus outbreak, Thursday's court hearing took place with minimal staff, lawyers and media present.

Tarrant, wearing a grey top, stared intently at the camera while making his plea.

The court will now sentence him on all 92 charges, but did not provide a date for that sentencing.

"I'm happy that he has accepted that he is guilty", Atacocugu said.

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Many had feared Australian white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant would try to use his trial as a platform to promote his views. After hearing the guilty pleas, Judge Justice Mander entered convictions "on each and every" charge. His change in plea came as a surprise and relief to survivors and relatives of the victims. The lockdown meant Tarrant appeared in the court via video link from his jail cell in Auckland and only a handful of people were allowed inside the courtroom.

"I am pleased he is feeling guilty".

Tarrant armed himself with an arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and attacked the Al Noor mosque first, before moving on to the Linwood prayer centre, livestreaming the killings as he went. In the wake of the killings, New Zealand brought in stricter gun laws.

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