Australian charged over Christchurch mosque attacks changes plea to guilty

  • Australian charged over Christchurch mosque attacks changes plea to guilty

Australian charged over Christchurch mosque attacks changes plea to guilty

The Australian man accused of murdering 51 people in the terror attacks on two Christchurch mosques has admitted he carried out the killings.

Fifty-one people were killed and 49 injured in March past year when Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant opened fire during Friday prayers.

Tarrant now admits all charges.

He also pleaded guilty to 40 charges of attempted murder and a terrorism charge. His change in plea came as a surprise and relief to survivors and relatives of the victims.

Sentencing for the 92 charges will take place at a date yet to be set. Tarrant faces life imprisonment on the charges.

Brenton Tarrant, who appeared by video link, entered his plea guilty pleas at a special, hastily arranged High Court hearing in Christchurch on Thursday morning, state broadcaster TVNZ reported.