Christchurch mosque attacks: Shooter changes plea to guilty
The Australian man accused of killing 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March last year entered a surprise guilty plea in court in Christchurch on Thursday, and admitted to all charges, media reports said.
Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, entered his guilty plea at a special, hastily arranged High Court hearing in Christchurch on Thursday morning, state broadcaster TVNZ reported.
He also pleaded guilty to 40 charges of attempted murder and a terrorism charge, TVNZ said.
In an attack broadcast live on Facebook, the lone attacker armed with semi-automatic weapons targeted Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on March 15, in New Zealand’s worst peacetime mass shooting.
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