Australian charged over Christchurch mosque attacks changes plea to guilty

Brenton Tarrant has pleaded guilty to thee Christchurch mosque shootings

Australian charged over Christchurch mosque attacks changes plea to guilty

The man accused of murdering 51 people in the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques previous year has today admitted he carried out the killings.

Fifty-one people were killed and 49 injured in March a year ago when Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant opened fire during Friday prayers.

No reason was given for the change, which means Tarrant will no longer need to stand trial over the shooting.

He faced 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act.

A sentencing date is yet to be set.

The plea came at a hastily arranged court hearing at a time that New Zealand was beginning a four-week lockdown to try and combat the new coronavirus.

Brenton Tarrant changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in an appearance by video link in the High Court at Christchurch this morning.

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