Amidst all the coronavirus hysteria, the first anniversary of the Christchurch massacre was lost in mainstream news of infections and panic – but not for Muslims, who have been following this case since that fateful day on March 15, 2019.
In shocking events, Brenton Tarrant (yes, I use his name), has suddenly pleaded guilty to murdering the 51 people he killed, as well as 40 charges of attempted murder and one charge of engaging in a terrorist attack. And he’s been convicted of all said charges.
The hastily arranged court session saw the 29-year-old NSW man formally plead guilty at a court hearing this morning that was so last minute none of the victims were aware it was happening. There were very few people in the court, with Tarrant appearing via video-link from his prison cell in Auckland.
My brother’s murderer just pleaded guilty to all charges . Unexpected news of first day in lockdown. What just happened ? OMG! I am pacing back and forth in my back garden #lockdown #christchurch #christchurchShooting
— Aya Al-Umari 🇳🇿 آية العمري 🇮🇶 (@azadi_baladi) March 25, 2020
“The guilty plea today will provide some relief to the many people whose lives were shattered by what happened on March 15,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
“These guilty pleas and conviction bring accountability for what happened and also save the families who lost loved ones, those who were injured, and other witnesses, the ordeal of a trial.”
On March 15, 2019, Brenton Tarrant gunned down Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, terrorising worshippers at Masjid Al Noor mosque and the Linwood Islamic Centre for hours while live-streaming the heinous act. The callous crime unveiled the often ignored yet highly dangerous white supremacy growing in many countries.
New Zealand justice Cameron Mander convicted Tarrant of all the charges, so he will appear in court to receive a sentencing date on May 1st. It is unlikely he will be sentenced until after coronavirus restrictions are removed.