Custody remand on online posting charges

A 44-year-old Avonside man has been remanded in custody after being charged with reposting the live streaming of Friday’s mosque killings a day later.

Christchurch District Court Judge Stephen O’Driscoll refused interim suppression after remanding  Philip Neville Arps in custody until his next court appearance on April 15.

Defence counsel Anselm Williams confirmed after consulting with Arps that there would be no appeal to the High Court about the suppression refusal.

Arps has entered no pleas to two charges of distributing a live stream of the murder of multiple victims at the Deans Avenue Mosque on March 16 knowing or having reasonable cause to believe that the publication is objectionable. The charges have been laid under the Films, Videos and Publications Classifications Act.

Only publication of limited details of bail hearings is allowed under the Bail Act, and Judge O’Driscoll made additional orders suppressing details of the police summary of facts and the submissions and decisions relating to bail, suppression, and filming and photographing of the man in court. Incourt photography and recording was allowed.

A large media contingent, including reporters from overseas, was present in court for the hearing but it went ahead with the public excluded.