Australian man pleads guilty to Christchurch mosque attack

Elias Hubbard
March 26, 2020

The Australian man accused of killing 51 worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March past year entered a surprise guilty plea in court in Christchurch on Thursday (March 26), and admitted to all charges, media reports said.

Tarrant was scheduled to go to trial on the charges in June.

The 29-year-old also pleaded guilty to 40 charges of attempted murder and a terrorism charge. The killing spree was the deadliest in New Zealand's modern history and prompted the government to rush through new laws banning most semi-automatic weapons.

Tarrant, a former gym instructor from Australia, has maintained a not-guilty plea throughout.

Sentencing will take place at a date yet to be set.

He has now admitted carrying out the attacks in a High Court hearing in Christchurch on Thursday morning.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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