Christchurch shooter appears in court

Brenton Tarrant

Brenton Tarrant at Christchurch District Court

Saturday, March 16, 2019

A 28-year-old man appeared in court today after 49 people were killed at shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

Brenton Tarrant from Australia live-streamed the terror attack on social media, as well as posting a 'manifesto' online outlining his motives.

He appeared at Christchurch District Court charged with one count of murder, and was remanded until April 5. Police say further charges are expected to follow.

 

 

Tarrant appeared in court wearing a white prison suit, and despite being handcuffed, made a hand gesture in the dock which some have interpreted as a white supremacist sign, with others speculating it is a reference to an online joke.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said it took 36 minutes from the first emergency call on Friday before the suspect was in custody.

Tarrant entering the dock

Christchurch Hospital have said that 39 people remained hospitalised, with 11 of them in intensive care.

Four people died en route to the hospital, and a four-year-old girl was transferred to a hospital in Auckland in a critical condition.

The majority of the injured were males aged 30 to 40, and two of them were boys aged just two and 13.