“Not Guilty” Brenton Tarrant, the suspected New Zealand mosque gunman pleads

Australian-born Brenton Tarrant has denied killing worshippers at two Christchurch mosques in March.

Brenton Tarrant

The suspect Brenton Tarrant who is accused of killing about 51 people during a shooting spree in March at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against him.

The lawyer for the accused said on Friday that his client has pleaded not guilty to 51 charges of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of committing a terrorist act.

The suspect who was not in court in person, appeared via a video link from the maximum security prison where he was being held in New Zealand. Throughout the hearing, Tarrant who wore a plain grey top did not say a word.

Tarrant who is suspected of acting alone is also a self-proclaimed white supremacist. He is accused of using modified semi automatic weapons to kill 51 Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand while it was being live-streamed from a camera mounted on his head.

Family members of the victims and some people who were shot but survived were present at the court for the hearing.

If found guilty, Tarrant will face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment since New Zealand abolished the death penalty in 1989

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