New Zealand killer of Christchurch mosques finally pleads guilty
While previously denied, the 29-year-old white supremacist accused of massacring 51 people in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, finally pleaded guilty on Thursday to all of his charges. There will therefore be no trial.
It is an unexpected reversal. The Australian accused of having killed 51 people in March 2019 in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, pleaded guilty, Thursday, March 26, of all the charges against him.
“Yes, guilty,” said Brenton T. from Auckland jail, via video connection to the Christchurch High Court. Dressed in a gray top, the 29-year-old man fixed his gaze on the camera by making this statement.
He had so far always denied the 51 murder charges, the 40 attempted murder charges and one other terrorist act charge. Without explanation at this point, he changed position after a hastily organized hearing.
Conviction on an unspecified date
This means that he will not be tried during a trial. Justice Cameron Mander clarified that the accused would receive his conviction later, on an unspecified date. “The guilty plea represents a very important step towards the finalization of this criminal procedure”, noted the judge, adding that the sentencing hearing would only intervene when the pandemic of the new coronavirus is over in order to “allow victims and their families to come to court in person. “
Brenton T., self-proclaimed white supremacist, is accused of having committed, in March 2019, the largest mass killing in modern New Zealand history.