The person accused of killing 50 individuals in final month’s assaults on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been ordered to endure psychological well being assessments.
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, can be seen by specialists to find out whether or not he was match to face trial or insane, mentioned excessive courtroom decide Cameron Mander.
Mr Tarrant appeared within the courtroom – full of relations of a few of his victims – through video hyperlink from jail.
He faces 50 homicide expenses and 39 tried homicide expenses.
He was not required to enter a plea.
Christchurch shootings: How the assaults unfolded
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has known as it one in every of New Zealand’s “darkest days”.
She has vowed to ban all forms of semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles.
What occurred within the courtroom?
On Friday morning, Choose Mader ordered that two assessments can be carried out to find out the state of the suspect’s psychological well being.
The suspect listened intently through the brief courtroom listening to. He made no feedback.
The suspect was capable of see the decide and attorneys and listen to the proceedings – however the digicam was turned away from the general public gallery.
The decide remanded him in custody, and his subsequent courtroom look is now due on 14 June.
How did the assaults unfold?
The shootings occurred on 15 March, in what was the deadliest assault in New Zealand’s historical past.
The gunman first focused the Al Noor mosque in central Christchurch, as individuals attended Friday’s prayers.
He live-streamed footage of his rampage to Fb, filmed with a head-mounted digicam.
Footage confirmed the person, armed with semi-automatic weapons, firing indiscriminately at males, ladies and youngsters from shut vary contained in the mosque.
The suspect then attacked a close-by Linwood Mosque, the place about 100 individuals had been attending prayers.
Police officer later chased and arrested the suspect.
Ms Ardern later mentioned the weapons utilized by the attacker appeared to have been modified, and that the suspect’s automobile was filled with weapons, suggesting “his intention to proceed together with his assault”.
She mentioned the suspect had obtained a gun licence in November 2017 that allowed him to purchase the weapons used within the assault.
Ms Ardern mentioned the suspect “had not come to the eye of the intelligence group nor the police for extremism”.
Earlier than the assaults, social media accounts within the title of Brenton Tarrant had been used to publish a prolonged, racist doc through which the creator recognized the mosques that had been later attacked.
Victims of the Christchurch shootings
Fifty individuals misplaced their lives within the shootings at two mosques within the metropolis.