Christchurch shooting suspect appears in New Zealand court
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The 28-year-old Australian-born suspect appeared to smirk at the media during his appearance

Brenton Tarrant, charged for murder in relation to the Christchurch mosque attacks, appeared at Christchurch District Court.  Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald/ Reuters

March 16, 2019

March 16, 2019


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The alleged Christchurch gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant of Dunedin did not seek name suppression when he appeared before Judge Paul Kellar in the Christchurch District Court on Saturday morning on a single charge of murder.

Mr Tarrant, 28, who had tidy short cropped hair, was dressed in a white prison robe with his hands handcuffed in front of him and attached to a belt around his waist.

He eyed the media bench with something of a smirk and swayed while the judge read the single charge, noting that others would follow.

Judge Kellar noted that Mr Tarrant had not applied for name suppression when addressing him.


The appearance was brief and Mr Tarrant remained silent throughout.

The courtroom was packed full of media representatives from New Zealand and overseas. The judge ordered against images showing Mr Tarrant's face in the court from being published as identity might be a feature of the court case.

The public was barred from the court for reasons of safety, Judge Kellar said.

At least 49 people were shot to death at two mosques during midday prayers on Friday.

Following the hearing, Mr Tarrant was remanded in custody before a high court hearing on April 5. He did not request bail.

Updated: March 16, 2019 03:32 AM

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