Brenton Tarrant – who committed a massacre of 51 people when he shot worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch – admitted all the charges against him, in a sudden change of his stance.
Sudden confession to the crime
“Acknowledgment of guilt of 51 counts of murder, 40 counts of attempted murder and one count of terrorist act, was made by video link from Oakland Prison, where Australian Tarrant, a believer in the theory of white race superiority, is being held.
Tarrant, 29, initially denied all of the charges, but changed his confession during a hastily arranged video hearing.
Asked about the charges against him, Tarrant said of his prison in Auckland, addressing the Supreme Court judge in Christchurch: “Yes, guilty.”
Upon pleading guilty, Tarrant, who wore a gray shirt, did not stop staring at the camera, nor did he explain why he had changed his testimony.
Appointment for the verdict
In confessing this, there is no longer a need for long procedures within the framework of his trial“>trial, as the judge‘s task is now limited to determining the punishment he will incur in the convict.
Court judge Cameron Mandir, after writing down the conviction of the accused on all charges, said that the date for pronouncing Tarrant will be determined later, saying that “the admission of guilt represents a very important step towards reaching the end of this criminal trial.”
On March 15, 2019, Australian right-wing extremist shot worshipers at two mosques in Christchurch during Friday prayers, killing 51 people, in the worst mass shooting crime in modern New Zealand history.
The murderer a 28-year-old Australian Brenton Tarrant, espouses extremist ideas of white supremacy.
After the accident, the New Zealand Parliament overwhelmingly approved legislation emphasizing the country’s weapons acquisition laws, as part of measures taken in the wake of the massacre.