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A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques within the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder

A man accused of deadly attacks on mosques within the New Zealand city of Christchurch a year ago has pleaded guilty to 51 charges of murder.


Brenton Tarrant, 29, also admitted that he attempted murder of another 40 people and one terrorism charge.

He had previously denied the fees and was thanks to continue trial in June.

The gun attacks at two mosques sent shockwaves round the world. within the wake of the killings, New Zealand brought in stricter gun laws.

New Zealand is during a state of lockdown thanks to the coronavirus outbreak and therefore the plea was made at a scaled-down court hearing in Christchurch supreme court on Thursday.

No members of the general public were allowed in to the hearing and Tarrant, from New South Wales, Australia, and his lawyers appeared via video link.

A representative of the 2 mosques that were attacked was allowed to attend the hearing to represent the victims and their families.

The hearing at Christchurch supreme court was closed to the general public 
Judge Justice Cameron Mander told that it is regrettable that the current Covid-19 restrictions that now apply , don't allow victims and their families to be present within the courtroom when the defendant entered his pleas of guilty.

Sentencing on the 92 charges will happen at a date yet to be set. Tarrant was remanded in custody until 1 May when the court hopes to be ready to set a sentencing date.

Justice Mander also added that there is not any intention to sentence the defendant before the court returns to its normal operations and at a time when the victims and their families can attend court face to face .

Farid Ahmed, who lost his wife Husna within the attack on Al Noor Mosque (Masjid An-Nur), told that a lot of would be relieved they didn't need to undergo the trial but others would feel very sad, still brooding about their loved ones.

Speaking of the gunman, he said that i am praying for him and he has taken the proper direction, i'm pleased he's feeling guilty, it's an honest start.

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