Christchurch Mosques Shooting: terrorist dismisses lawyers, will represent himself in the court

Tarrant participated in the recent hearing through a video link from his Auckland jail.

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The culprit who killed 51 worshippers in a mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques has dismissed his lawyers and will represent himself when he is sentenced.

The Australian white supremacist Brenton Harrison Tarrant pleaded guilty in March 2020 to the murder of 51 people, 40 out of which were attempted murder. He was also found guilty of engaging in a terrorist attack for shooting and targeting worshippers in two mosques in the city of Christchurch, 2019.

His hearing had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. It is now scheduled in Christchurch in August and could last more than three days. This was confirmed at a session of the High Court in Christchurch. The session was attended by survivors from the attack as well.

Harrison Tarrant’s legal team, lawyers Shane Tait and Jonathan Hudson, applied for the permission to withdrawal as is counsel, on the defendant’s own request.

Tarrant participated in the recent hearing through a video link from his Auckland jail. Justice Cameron Mander approved Tarrant’s request to legally represent himself, saying he was satisfied that he knew his right to legal representation.

However, if Tarrant requests it, a lawyer will still be appointed by the court to provide legal advice.
Currently, Tarrant’s facing life imprisonment, but the judge is having some discretion in deciding how many years he must serve before becoming eligible for parole.

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