Accused Christchurch terrorist charged with 50 counts of murder

THE Christchurch mosque gunman has now been charged with 50 counts of murder, three weeks after the attack.

Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, will appear in the High Court via video link tomorrow, formally charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 of attempted murder over the March 15 attack that killed 50 and injured 50 more.

The Australian man first appeared in the District Court on March 16, charged only with a single count of murder following the massacre.


In a statement on Thursday, New Zealand Police confirmed they have now laid 89 fresh charges against the accused.

“Other charges are still under consideration,” NZ Police said.

Tarrant, formally from Grafton in northern New South Wales, stands accused of shooting dead 50 worshippers and wounding dozens more at the Al Noor Mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch.

The accused terrorist is being held in New Zealand’s only maximum security prison in Paremoremo, Auckland.

He has no access to television, radio, newspapers or visitors.