CHRISTCHURCH (AFP) - the man accused of taking pictures lifeless fifty one Muslim worshippers within the Christchurch mosque attacks in March smiled Friday as his lawyers entered now not guilty pleas to multiple murder and terrorism expenses.

Brenton Tarrant s barrister advised Christchurch high court docket his customer turned into pleading "no longer responsible to all prices", prompting anger from survivors and family of these killed in the March 15 assaults.

The self-proclaimed white supremacist appeared in court docket thru audio-visual hyperlink from a most-protection jail in Auckland for the quick hearing.


Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian countrywide, become committed to stand trial subsequent yr on fifty one counts of homicide, 40 of attempted homicide and engaging in a terrorist act.

His smiling manner enraged survivors nevertheless reeling from the worst bloodbath in modern New Zealand records, who had packed the courthouse s public gallery for a glimpse of the accused.

"It just indicates he s an animal," Mustafa Boztas, who become wounded within the thigh, advised AFP out of doors the courtroom.

"I feel sad that a person may be so unhuman and take the lives of harmless people."

Abdul Aziz, who confronted the gunman on the Linwood mosque and chased him off the premises, stated he wanted to see the face of the accused.

"He was guffawing there (in court docket) and he thinks he turned into so tough, but he become a coward while he faced me and he ran," he said.

"He was not guy enough to get up that time and (now) he s status there and giggling.

"positioned me for 15 mins in one cellular after which we are able to see if he can snicker any more."

Tarrant allegedly opened hearth in the packed Al Noor mosque at some point of Friday prayers, then travelled throughout town to maintain the carnage within the suburban Linwood mosque, even as livestreaming his moves on social media.

The court docket heard that intellectual health exams had found Tarrant was fit to stand trial.

"No issue arises regarding the defendant s fitness to plead, to teach recommend, and to stand his trial. A health listening to isn't required," choose Cameron Mander said in a announcement issued rapidly after the hearing.

judge Mander set a tribulation date of might also four subsequent yr, with proceedings predicted to last as a minimum six weeks.

"The courtroom endeavours to carry severe criminal cases to trial inside a 12 months of arrest. The scale and complexity of this case makes this difficult," Mander said.

Didar Hossain, whose uncle and pals have been killed within the attack, turned into upset it would take so long for the alleged killer to stand justice.

"It ought to be finished in six months, that might be correct for us. We are not happy," he said.

Tarrant became remanded in custody to seem for a case evaluation listening to to be hung on August 15.

Mander barred information outlets from taking snap shots or video of Tarrant s appearance, despite the fact that he stated snap shots from an in advance hearing may be used.

New Zealand s authorities tightened the united states of america s gun legal guidelines in the wake of the assault and has stated it will evaluate laws coping with hate speech.

It has also supported worldwide efforts to ensure that social media giants do greater to fight on line extremism.