The Latest: 50 murder counts filed on mosque attack suspect
|Toronto Star 04 Apr 2019 at 02:19|
Police say the man accused of the Christchurch mosque attacks will face 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges at his court appearance on Friday.
Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant had been charged with one count of murder after his arrest the day of the March 15 massacre.
Fifty people were killed in the two mosques and dozens of others were shot and wounded.
Tarrant won’t be required to enter a plea on Friday.
The judge says the brief hearing will mainly be about Tarrant’s legal representation. He has said he wants to represent himself.
The man accused in the Christchurch mosque attacks is due to make his second court appearance via video link on Friday although media photographs and reporting on the proceedings will be limited by New Zealand law.
Fifty people died in the March 15 attacks on two mosques.
Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has been charged with one count of murder, and police plan to file more charges. Tarrant won’t be required to enter a plea on Friday. The judge says the brief hearing will mainly be about Tarrant’s legal representation. He has said he wants to represent himself.
New Zealand tightly restricts what can be reported about upcoming court cases to avoid tainting the views of potential jurors.