Gunman in Deadly Christchurch Shootings Pleads Guilty to Murder Charges

The Court is Yet to Set a Sentencing Date


A suspect in a mass shooting in the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder. 29-year-old Brenton Tarrant had previously denied the charges and was due to go on trial in June.

Tarrant was arrested after attacking two mosques in the city, an incident that saw New Zealand adopt stringent gun laws.

The gunman, a resident of New South Wales in Australia, also pleaded guilty to one terrorism charge and the attempted murder of another 40 people.

A representative of the two mosques was allowed to attend the hearings. The defendant and his attorneys appeared via video link due to the active lockdown.

The date of the sentencing has not yet been set. Tarrant was remanded in custody until May 1.