16-year-old on mosque video charge released

The youngest person arrested over allegations of distributing the Christchurch mosque terror attack video has been released on bail, but he is banned from using any electronic communications technology.

The 16-year-old youth was first refused bail on April 4 – nearly two months ago – but he was released today by Youth Court Judge Jane McMeeken, to live with his family.

The family assured the judge they would disable wi-fi at the house to abide by her bail condition that he have no ability to go online or use a phone.

She imposed a condition that he have no access to a phone, tablet, or computer, and no involvement with any social media platform.

He will have to remain at the house under a 24-hour-a-day curfew and he will have daily visits from a Youth Justice social worker.

He is banned from going within 500m of the mosques at Deans Avenue and Linwood Avenue, and from a school. He is not allowed to contact staff at the school.

He is banned from contacting two other men who have been charged over the video.

He is not allowed to use alcohol or “any mind-altering substances”.

He is not allowed any contact with a paint-ball group and he must abide by any instructions to attend any meetings with professionals.

The youth has been held in custody at the Youth Justice facility at Te Puna Wai near Christchurch. The Crown did not oppose his continued remand in custody at today’s hearing where defence counsel Anselm Williams and youth advocate Moana Cole applied for his release.

The youth denies the charge of distributing the objectionable video of the mosque attack on March 15. He has been remanded to July 2 for the case to be heard.