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Christchurch mosque attacks: Shooter changes plea to guilty

The gunman who shot dead 51 people praying at two mosques in Christchurch in March last year has changed his plea to guilty [File: Recep Sakar/Anadolu] The Australian man accused of killing dozens of Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March last year entered a surprise guilty plea to all 51 charges…

Christchurch mosque attacks: Shooter changes plea to guilty

The gunman who shot dead 51 people praying at two mosques in Christchurch in March last year has changed his plea to guilty [File: Recep Sakar/Anadolu]
The Australian man accused of killing dozens of Muslim worshippers at two mosques in New Zealand in March last year entered a surprise guilty plea to all 51 charges of murder at a special session of a Christchurch court on Thursday.
Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, also pleaded guilty to 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of committing a terrorist act.
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The 29-year-old had previously pleaded not guilty and was due to face trial in June.
“He has been convicted of each and every one of those charges,” Justice Cameron Munder said in minutes of the hearing that were released by the court.
“The entry of guilty pleas represents a very significant step towards bringing finality to this criminal proceeding,” the judge added.

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