Monday, 10 August, 2020


Christchurch mosque attacker to represent himself at sentencing

Mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant is due to be sentenced on August 24 Mosque gunman Brenton Tarrant is due to be sentenced on August 24
Bennie Garza | 15 July, 2020, 08:46

Survivors and the families of victims will be present during the three-day sentencing hearing and Islamic Women's Council of New Zealand spokeswoman Anjum Rahman said many would not want to hear from Tarrant.

They told the court that Tarrant had ordered them to withdraw as they wished. exercise your position. right to represent yourself.

In this picture taken on 16 March 2019, Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, stands in the dock during his appearance at the Christchurch District Court.

Tarrant appeared by audio-visual link from his maximum-security prison in Auckland.

Tarrant appeared via audio-visual link in Christchurch High Court this morning where he waived his rights to a lawyer to represent himself for sentencing.

Defence counsel Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson's costs for legal work, preparation and other costs associated with the terrorist's case have been released to Stuff by the Ministry of Justice following an Official Information Act request.

Justice Cameron Mander earlier said the shooter's choice to represent himself will not affect the date of the sentencing, which would proceed on August 24.

The court will still appoint an attorney to provide advice if Tarrant requests it. Mander asked for a pre-sentence report and victim statements for the hearing.

Tarrant faces life imprisonment, with the judge having some discretion in deciding how many years Tarrant must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

Attacks on people praying in mosques shocked New Zealand, where new laws were quickly passed banning the deadliest types of semi-automatic weapons. It also prompted global changes to social media protocols after the gunman livestreamed his attack on Facebook, where it was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people.

The former gym instructor unexpectedly reversed his not-guilty plea in March this year, removing the need for a lengthy trial.

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