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Christchurch attack: Brenton Tarrant pleads not guilty to all charges

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The main suspect in the Christchurch attacks in March, has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Brenton Tarrant is charged with the murder of 51 people, 40 counts of attempted murder and one terrorism charge in New Zealand’s deadliest peace time mass shooting.

Appearing via video link from prison, the 29-year-old Australian sat silently as his lawyer read out his plea.

The 15 March attack saw a gunman open fire on Muslims during Friday prayers.

This is the first time a terrorism charge has been brought in New Zealand.

A number of the survivors of the attack and relatives of the victims were in court for the hearing

As lawyer Shane Tait read out his client’s not guilty pleas, a number of those present gasped and became tearful.

High Court Justice Cameron Mander said the trial had been set for 4 May next year, and that Mr Tarrant would be remanded in custody until a case review hearing on 16 August.

At his last court appearance in April, he was ordered to undergo mental health assessments to determine whether he was fit to stand trial.

Judge Mander said in a statement on Friday: “No issue arises regarding the defendant’s fitness to plead, to instruct counsel, and to stand his trial. A fitness hearing is not required.”

Cindy will be pissed at the Judge. Last week, a restriction on publishing photos of the suspect’s face was lifted.

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  1. From his photo, Tarrant is an unfortunate looking little man. Not a lot for his ego to find appealing, and definitely not attractive to women, no matter how much work at the gym he put in. To compensate he, in his own mind tries to save the world to become a hero. What he created instead was a murderous rampage and a complete debacle for NZ. Unsurprisingly he has plead not guilty. What a shame he didn’t go out in a hail of police bullets and save us all from having to suffer through his trial on top of the destruction he has already caused.

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    • Fall out from his alleged actions seem greater than reasonable and that relates to the knee jerk government response as a consequence of immature and a degree of look at me leadership.

      Awaiting the Royal Commission report would have been far more sensible. The loyal opposition also failed us in my opinion in that regard. Counselling a deep breath or three would have been sound advice and more reassuring for this voter.

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  2. So this is the pathetic loser Cindy wants to shield her kindergarten pupils (NZ citizens) from hearing about or seeing or gasp even mentioning his name, how did she ever think that was going to work even with her complicit media, it speaks volumes about this UN marxist puppet that she believes we are too feeble minded or weak of will to know the exact details lest we all turn into white supremacists or whatever her feeble reasoning was

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  3. They should have shot him in the guts. And left him to die a slow painful death. And charging him with terrorism is stupid as he now gets to defend the charge and rant on. Hope he suffers every day for the rest of his life, miserable pathetic piece of shit.

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  4. It’s not the polices job to be exucutioner as well as judge and jury!
    Would he be a marter if he was dead, by police hands!
    How would that help with all the loonys out there and on here!
    Why do you wish a shit load of mental anguish on someone else, who happened to pull the trigger!
    They want to go home every night to their familes as well.
    The families want them as functioning members of society!
    Yes it was a terrible crime by a foriegner who should not have been allowed a gun.
    But the police allowed it all to happen!
    He went to all of these strange countries for training probabley. How come the spies never picked him up!
    There are a lot of questions that have had no answers. Will joe public ever get answers. I don’t think so!
    The media in NZ have layed down and rolled over and want their belly rubbed!
    Queen Big Ears was leading the charge to take fights of everyday kiwis by throwing the tea towel over her head and the newspapers are full of shit!

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    • “If you try to make everything multicultural, you will not have any culture in the end,” “I want Germany to be German. I want France to be French.

      Morrissey.
      The singer, not the twat from KiwiBlog

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  5. According to his “manifesto” he always intended to be arrested and intends to plead/grandstand his case thru the courts, I believe.
    I guess he`ll have plenty of time to write his version of Mein Kampf, in his head at least.

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  6. You’ve got to wonder why the Police laid the terrorism charge. It gives him a platform to explain his actions, whereas just the murder charges do not. Good luck now in the Court. More of a nightmare I think.

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    • In cases like this the charges ultimately are decided by Crown Law with input from the Police. The Crown prepare and prosecute the case based in evidence supplied by the Police. As far as blaming the Police for “allowing” to happen as some commentators have said, what nonsense! You might as well blame the Police for every fatal road smash or burglary as well. Some people need to get out of the house more.

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      • I think the reference to the police was surrounding the circumstance around Tarrant getting a gun license, I wonder why he did?

        He could have gotten his weapons illegally anyway but might have come to others attention, he does seem to be the epitome of a lone wolf.

        There has been so little publically said in the media at any rate regarding the changed system overseen by Jacinda herself. One hand giveth and the other taketh away.

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    • As I recall from the news at the time, the Police were specifically advised by their legal department not to press terrorism charges as his actions did not fit the legal definition of terrorism; thus he might get off. They were also apparently advised to charge him with just one count of murder, which would make for a short, simple trial ending in a life sentence, and create no opportunity for him to preach from the dock, or whip up publicity.

      Why that plan has been changed is anyone’s guess, although I have my own suspicions. His killing spree was quite clearly not in aid of terrorism, but claimed to be in revenge for terrorism, perpetrated by muslims throughout Europe. I think the authorities would like to play down that aspect; and build up a ‘white supremacist’ bogeyman to distract us from it. I think they must get all their Northern Hemisphere news from the BBC and The Guardian.

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  7. I hope he says something along the lines of “Have you banned all semi auto rifles like I wanted yet?”. The Govt. will censor a lot of the trial, for fear the public will see just exactly how predictable they have been in giving in to this idiots every wish by banning guns, introducing hate speech and racial issues, and encouraging fear and mayhem generally.

    Yeah as a E-cat FAL holder who has lost $20,000 worth of newly planted trees to feral goats/deer and no longer allowed access to appropriate control tools, I have a vested interest and kind of hope he makes Labour look like fools. Rephrase; I hope he makes them look even more stupid than they already do.

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