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Christchurch attacks: NZ suspect ordered to undergo mental health tests

April 5, 2019 4:55 pm
[Source: BBC]

The man accused of killing 50 people in last month’s attacks on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, has been ordered to undergo mental health tests.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, would be seen by experts to determine whether he was fit to stand trial or insane, said high court judge Cameron Mander.

Mr Tarrant appeared in the courtroom – packed with relatives of some of his victims – via video link from prison.

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He faces 50 murder charges and 39 attempted murder charges.

He was not required to enter a plea.

It is the deadliest mass shooting attack New Zealand has ever seen.

This morning, Judge Mader ordered that two assessments would be carried out to determine the state of the suspect’s mental health.

The suspect listened intently during the short court hearing. He made no comments.

The suspect was able to see the judge and lawyers and hear the proceedings – but the camera was turned away from the public gallery.

The judge remanded him in custody, and his next court appearance is now due on 14 June.

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