Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant who was involved with in Christchurch New Zealand mosque attack on Friday 15 Mar 2019 has been charged with murder.
The 28 year old gunman appeared in a New Zealand court on Saturday (16 Mar 2019) in a white prison shirt and handcuffs. Further charges are expected to be made against him.
Brenton Tarrant stood silently during the brief hearing. He did not request bail and was taken into custody until his next court appearance which is scheduled for April 5.
Judge Paul Kellar of the Christchurch District Court ordered that any photos of Brenton Tarrant be pixelated to obscure his image.
New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern said Mr Tarrant had five guns and a firearms licence, adding: “Our gun laws will change.”
She said the guns used by Mr Tarrant appeared to have been modified, and that the suspect’s car was full of weapons, suggesting “his intention to continue with his attack”.
Yesterday’s attacks on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque has been labelled as terrorism by New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern and is believed to be the deadliest attack directed against Muslims in the West in modern times.