Judge Orders Mental Health Tests for Accused Mosque Shooter

Australian Brenton Tarrant was previously charged with only one murder following the attack and has been remanded without a plea

He was not required to submit a plea to the charges.

Tarrant's second court appearance comes three weeks after the attack, as the New Zealand government rushed to make changes to gun laws and investigate how he was able to carry out the attacks.

In breaking news, New Zealand Police have announced that further charges have been laid regarding the Christchurch terror attacks last month.

Earlier police said Tarrant will face a total of 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges when he appears in court on Friday.

Tarrant was then remanded to custody until June 14.

Shane Tait, a member of Tarrant's legal team, said he was concerned the publication of the news that Tarrant's mental health was being assessed could prejudice the trial.

Judge Cameron Mander said in a note that the brief hearing will mainly be about the accused gunman's legal representation.

Tofazzal Alam, 25, said he was worshipping at the Linwood mosque when the gunman attacked.

Theresa May to meet United Kingdom opposition leader for Brexit compromise talks
She is going to ask European Union (EU ) leaders for an extension but she says that she wants it to be "as short as possible". One pro-EU Labour lawmaker, Ben Bradshaw, said he had concerns about the risks of getting into talks with May.

Mander said nothing should be read into his order for the mental health assessments, as it was a normal step in such a case.

While the public gallery could see Tarrant on screen, the position of the camera in court ensured his view from prison was restricted to the judge and lawyers. He has not applied for bail or name suppression, and his duty lawyer described him as "aware, lucid" in the hours following the massacre, and presenting as an "everyday sort of person".

Brenton Tarrant at his first court hearing on 16 March in the Christchurch District Court.

The names of the 39 people who it is alleged Tarrant attempted to murder have been suppressed on an interim basis, the court said.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the mosque slaughter a well-planned "terrorist attack", and ordered major reforms of the country's gun laws including an effective ban on assault weapons and semi-automatic rifles.

No-one could stop the suspect from responding directly to the charges he faces, "but if someone wanted to talk about irrelevant matters, the court could say "we're not going to hear this, move on", Peters said.

On March 15, Tarrant stormed two mosques during Friday congregational prayers and indiscriminately opened fire on the assembled, as per the police.

"Everybody has their own problems and they have their own ideas about religions, and that's fine, and we should all have that, we're all different", said one nun, Sister Dorothea.

Related News:

  • Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

    Amid complaints of unwanted touching, Biden jokes he got 'permission' to hug

    Former Vice President Joe Biden chatted casually with reporters Friday afternoon outside a union workers conference. A defiant Biden earlier Friday refused to apologize for his history of cringeworthy behavior toward women.
    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans Manchester United summer spree in bid for title

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plans Manchester United summer spree in bid for title

    United took the initiative until three substitutions disrupted the flow of the game, and it was Wolves who took full advantage by completing the turnaround with 13 minutes remaining.
    Trump threatens tariffs on cars from Mexico

    Trump threatens tariffs on cars from Mexico

    Trump has mocked and vowed to end that "catch and release" practice but overwhelmed authorities saw no choice. He said he would likely start off with the auto tariffs , saying that would be a "very powerful incentive".
  • Trump struggles with a growing problem on the border

    Trump struggles with a growing problem on the border

    Although about 650 miles of the U.S. -Mexico is fenced off, no new border barriers have been erected during Trump's presidency. Trump said he was giving Mexico one year to get the cross-border drug trade down or see him impose tariffs at 25 percent.
    Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Have Officially Moved To Windsor Home

    Meghan Markle And Prince Harry Have Officially Moved To Windsor Home

    Meghan and Harry's staff will remain in London and the couple will commute into the city for official events and meetings. A football fan has said his Instagram account was given to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex without his permission.
    Giancarlo Stanton Joins List Of Yankees Injuries

    Giancarlo Stanton Joins List Of Yankees Injuries

    Andujar was runner-up for the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year award after batting.297 with 27 homers and 92 RBI in 149 games. Manager Aaron Boone tells reporters that Stanton initially felt discomfort following a swing in Sundays game.
  • Sophie Turner reveals her maid of honor at wedding to Joe Jonas

    Sophie Turner reveals her maid of honor at wedding to Joe Jonas

    My job - my entire dream of what my life would be - centered on language, on communication. I asked the medical staff to let me die. "I'm just going to say it".
    Apple Announces Powerbeats Pro: Release Date, Price And Features Detailed

    Apple Announces Powerbeats Pro: Release Date, Price And Features Detailed

    The Powerbeats Pro have an in-ear ear hook design which means they have a more secure fit than the 2nd gen AirPods. You'd be better off pouring your money on a cheaper and better alternative, like the Brio True Wireless Earbuds .
    Letters: Pie in the sky - and a poke in the eye

    Letters: Pie in the sky - and a poke in the eye

    Another judge on Wednesday struck down efforts in Kentucky and Arkansas to place work requirements on some Medicaid enrollees. District Court Judge John Bates said that the move let those involved "avoid the most stringent requirements of the ACA".
  • Herman Cain Joining Trump Administration

    Herman Cain Joining Trump Administration

    Mr Cain is the former chief executive of Godfather's Pizza who also served a spell as chairman of the Kansas City Federal Bank. In Cain and Moore, Trump would place two political loyalists on the board of a central bank that has frequently crossed him.
    Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

    Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

    Sharon Hall told CNN she noticed a "fidgety" person Wednesday in her Newport neighborhood, not far from the Ohio-Kentucky border. She committed suicide soon afterward in a motel room, leaving a note that local media said made the boy's whereabouts a mystery.
    Protestors unfurl pro-Assange banner outside Ecuadorian embassy

    Protestors unfurl pro-Assange banner outside Ecuadorian embassy

    WikiLeaks , meanwhile, blamed Ecuador's souring relationship with Assange on their reporting of the so-called "Ina Papers". Later, a senior official told The Associated Press that no decision had been taken to expel Assange from the embassy.

Most liked

Brexit: Revoke Article 50 if deal fails, Theresa May urged
Theresa May has written to Donald Tusk asking to extend the Article 50 process, and delay the United Kingdom leaving the EU. Party leader Corbyn has been hard to pin down on whether this would still be necessary if May agrees to a customs union.

Bezos, wife reach biggest divorce settlement in history
They didn't disclose custody terms of their children on Thursday. "Any deal is a good deal if they agree to it", Walzer said. Jeff Bezos , in a Twitter message of his own, said his now ex-wife has been "an extraordinary partner, ally, and mother ".

SAT debris will decay within 45 days, says DRDO chief
When asked about the need for a space command and serial production of the A-Sat, he said, "It is for the government to take a decision".

Ottawa Public Health confirms measles case in Ottawa
It also says there is a confirmed case of measles unrelated to the southeast MI outbreak involving an exposure in Sturgis. In addition, immune globulin (Ig) treatment is effective within six days of exposure for high-risk individuals.

Venezuela's Guaido stripped of immunity
The opposition leader is also accused of inciting violence through street protests, and of receiving illicit funds from overseas . The National Assembly opposition leader flouted a travel ban a few weeks ago by touring several Latin America countries.

Hazard ramps up the pressure with dig at Tottenham By Ryan Darby
Everton spent the fifth-most (£19.1m), which makes a mockery of their position in the Premier League table, where they now lie 10th.

You can now control people adding you to WhatsApp groups
To note , the problem of fake news on WhatsApp has grown drastically over the years, especially in India. The feature has to be enabled by the user, which in my view should have arrived by default.

None of Pakistan's F-16 fighter jets missing after United States count
But now the count has been completed, and "all aircraft were present and accounted for", the magazine quoted the official as saying.

Dozens of Trump aides given security clearance despite warnings
Newbold said he routinely "failed to address" a list of disqualifying concerns discovered by employees who vetted candidates. Kline was her boss at the White House before taking a position at the Defense Department.

Millions of Facebook User Records Found on Public Server
The researchers said passwords stored for At the Pool were "presumably" for the app and not for Facebook . What's Facebook doing about it? UpGuard didn't have much success getting Amazon to take down the content.

5 things we know now about the Timmothy Pitzen case
Pitzen's grandmother, Alana Anderson , says the family has endured so much heartbreak but never gave up hope. She assured her that she and Timmothy were safe. "At this time we have no further information to provide".

AAF Shuts Down: Steve Spurrier Calls For Apollos To Be Named Champs
The Hotshots were scheduled to host the Birmingham Iron at Sun Devil Stadium in their regular-season home finale on Sunday. The Orlando Apollos just came off the field for a walk-through when head coach Steve Spurrier was given the news.

Kris Jenner Finally Reacts to the Tristan Thompson Cheating Scandal
Elizabeth dropped three heart emojis in the comment section which prompted a mixed reaction from Kylie's Instagram army. As Jenner recently told the New York Times , the discount caught her by surprise, too.

New Game of Thrones Season 8 Poster Shows the Cost of War
HBO has been sharing a series of teasers in anticipation of the eighth and final season of Game of Thrones . Honestly, she really got us with that reaction.

First "Joker" trailer promises Joaquin Phoenix at his creepiest
And Todd Phillips does not have my confidence as a filmmaker, so I remain cautious, but at least the casting of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker seems spot on.