After more than a year, the man accused of carrying out the massacre in which 51 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were gunned down, has unexpectedly pleaded guilty to the crime.
During a hearing at the Christchurch High Court, on Thursday, March 26, Brenton Tarrant pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 charges of attempted murder along with one charge of terrorism. Instead of in person, Tarrant entered his plea through video link from his prison cell in Auckland due to the four-week nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the Coronavirus pandemic. The next court appearance of Tarrant has been scheduled to take place in May.
Before it was taken down, Tarrant livestreamed the attack on social media platform, Facebook. The attack dating back to March 15, 2019 is considered to be the worst mass shooting in New Zealand’s history.