CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (Reuters) – Attorneys for the person accused of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 51 folks in March have requested for the trial to be moved from the southern metropolis of Christchurch, the place the assaults happened, a choose mentioned on Thursday.
FILE PHOTO: Brenton Tarrant, charged for homicide in relation to the mosque assaults, is seen within the dock throughout his look within the Christchurch District Courtroom, New Zealand March 16, 2019. Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald/Pool through REUTERS
A listening to on the request to maneuver the trial to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest metropolis, can be held on Oct. three and the defendant, Australian Brenton Tarrant, can be held in custody till then, Excessive Courtroom Justice Cameron Mander mentioned at a listening to.
Protection counsel didn’t reply instantly to a request for remark about why they requested for a change of venue.
A lone gunman armed with semi-automatic weapons attacked Muslims attending Friday prayers in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island on March 15, killing 51 folks within the nation’s worst peace-time mass capturing. The attacker broadcast the capturing dwell on Fb.
Tarrant, 29, has pleaded not responsible to all 92 prices in opposition to him.
Tarrant didn’t seem through video-link as he had at earlier court docket hearings. Mander mentioned in a court docket minute Tarrant was excused from showing as a result of the listening to was primarily about authorized arguments.
The suspected white supremacist is in custody at a high- safety jail in Auckland, a couple of 90-minute flight from Christchurch.
The court docket listening to was attended by round 40 members of the general public, together with survivors of the assault, though there have been fewer than at earlier court docket appearances.
Prosecution attorneys mentioned they have been making inquiries about the potential of delaying the trial, which has been set down for Could four, by three or 4 weeks.
The trial date set down in June has been criticized for coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims can be fasting.
Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Modifying by Praveen Menon and Paul Tait