New Zealand mass shooting suspect remanded until April 5

New Zealand mass shooting suspect remanded until April 5

Written by Staff Writer

16 Mar, 2019 | 12:34 pm

Reuters: The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on Saturday (March 16), a day after the attack that killed 49 people and wounded dozens, prompting the prime minister to vow reform of the country’s gun laws.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, a 28-year old Australian citizen, appeared in a Christchurch District Court and was remanded without a plea until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city’s High Court on April 5.

Handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, Tarrant did not speak. His court-appointed lawyer made no application for bail or name suppression.

He was likely to face further charges, police said.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the main suspect in New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting intended to continue the rampage before he was caught by police. Ardern also said that the police were working to remove bodies from the mosques by the end of the day.

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