Australian gunman pleads guilty to Christchurch terror attack

The Australian man charged with killing 51 people in a terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, has pleaded guilty.

Brenton Tarrant, 29, was due to face trial in June after initially pleading not guilty.

He was facing 51 charges of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder and one terrorism charge.


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But during an appearance via videolink in New Zealand’s High Court this morning, Tarrant changed his plea to guilty.

Tarrant, originally from Grafton in New South Wales, has been in custody since the attacks on March 15, 2019.

The right-wing extremist opened fire at Masjid Al Noor mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre, live-streaming the attacks on Facebook.

Tarrant’s case will return to court in May.

A date for his sentencing is still to be set.

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