No matching items found
Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre, makes a sign to the camera during his appearance in the Christchurch District Court. File photo/ AFP
CHRISTCHURCH: The Australian charged with murder in the mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques plans to represent himself and appears “rational,” his court-appointed lawyer told AFP on Monday.
Brenton Tarrant was charged with one count of murder and appeared at Christchurch District Court on Saturday after the rampage during Friday prayers which left 50 people dead.
Duty lawyer Richard Peters, who represented him during the preliminary court hearing, told AFP the 28-year-old “indicated he does not want a lawyer.”
“He wants to be self-represented in this case,” said Peters, who played down suggestions that Tarrant may not be fit for trial.
“The way he presented was rational and someone who was not suffering any mental disability. That’s how he appeared. He seemed to understand what was going on,” Peters said.
The Committee said the decision is part of the gradual reopening of economic activities in the emirate and efforts to restore normalcy, while ensuring precautionary measures are strictly enforced.
The 15-year-old had stood in the river ostensibly to soothe its mouth and tongue after the powerful firecracker in the pineapple exploded.
Prominent charitable organisations in the UAE are engaged in a number of charity initiatives to support the needy people throughout the country and there are private and public sectors pouring their support enormously.
During her speech, Reem’s son Hazza showed up in the video frame trying to figure out what his mother was up to.