Mosque shooting accused faces 89 charges

Alleged mosque shooter Brenton Harrison Tarrant faced 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he made his first appearance in the High Court at Christchurch, after the events of March 15.

Tarrant, 28, entered no pleas to the charges at his appearance by video-link before Justice Cameron Mander. Tarrant is being held under high security in Auckland prison.

When Tarrant first appeared before a District Court judge the day after the shootings, he faced just one murder charge, on which he has been held in custody until now.

Family members of those killed in the shooting were present in court for today’s sitting.

Justice Mander further remanded Tarrant in custody to appear again in the High Court on June 14.

Preliminary mental health reports have been ordered.