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Australian Brenton Tarrant has pleaded not guilty to all charges in relation to the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand.

Tarrant, 28, is facing 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act. The trial, estimated to take six weeks, will go ahead on 4 May, 2020.

Wearing a grey sweatshirt and flanked by three prison officers, Tarrant appeared on a large screen at the high court in Christchurch on Friday morning, from a high security prison in Auckland.

Tarrant’s lawyer, Shane Tait, entered the pleas on Tarrant’s behalf. Tarrant smirked as Tait informed the court that he would plead not guilty to all charges but otherwise showed little emotion. His audio link had been muted, and he didn’t attempt to speak.

About 140 members of the public attended the hearing. There were some quiet gasps when the not guilty plea was entered by the Tarrant’s lawyer.

Speaking outside the court after the hearing Yama Nabi, whose father was killed in the mosque shootings, said the prospect of a trial was “hurtful for the families”.

“They don’t need any more. They got their hearts broken.”

The judge, Justice Cameron Mander, said the accused had been assessed and declared mentally fit to stand trial. He lifted suppression on the identities of the complainants, which means all alleged victims, apart from the three aged under 18, can now be named.

Mander has also allowed the use of Tarrant’s image in the media, lifting an order from 16 March that his face must be pixellated.

This was Tarrant’s third formal court appearance since the attacks at the attacks on Al Noor and Linwood mosques on 15 March. At his last appearance on 4 April, Tarrant was charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 for attempted murder. One of the attempted murder charges has been upgraded to a murder charge after one man died from wounds sustained in the mosque attacks.

Two additional charges of attempted murder and the terrorism charge were filed on Friday.
 

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CentreAussie

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There has to come a time that a person cannot enter a plea when the crime is well-documented. This is just ridiculous it is the ultimate in gaslighting
Wrong. Everybody is entitled to a trial and the opportunity to mount a legal defense. Everybody. No matter what evidence is presented by the prosecution. Yes, this guy is obviously guilty. But who decides what is 'obvious'? You? Me? The media? No. Juries decide. Or in the case of a bench trial, the magistrate. To think otherwise is a slippery slope and is also to disregard a principle of legal fairness that dates back to the Magna Carta. The right to a presumption of innocence is absolute. Even for peadophiles, even for this mass murdering fuck-wad.
 
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Wrong. Everybody is entitled to a trial and the opportunity to mount a legal defense. Everybody. No matter what evidence is presented by the prosecution. Yes, this guy is obviously guilty. But who decides what is 'obvious'? You? Me? The media? No. Juries decide. Or in the case of a bench trial, the magistrate. To think otherwise is a slippery slope and is also to disregard a principle of legal fairness that dates back to the Magna Carta. The right to a presumption of innocence is absolute. Even for peadophiles, even for this mass murdering fuck-wad.
This.
 

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Ripley

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Doing whatever he can do to put the survivors through as much pain and suffering as possible by forcing them to testify and endure a trial, while making the community pay for it and his attorneys.
I think it’s even simpler than that. We’re just the audience for “The Brenton Tarrant Show,” a documentary about a misunderstood young man who brought down his oppressors. :penguin:
Wrong. Everybody is entitled to a trial and the opportunity to mount a legal defense.
Yes yes we know. This forum is for blowing off steam.
 
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