More charges including terrorism laid against Christchurch terrorist

The police have laid more charges against the man accused of the Christchurch massacres, Brendon Tarrant, including a terrorism charge.

NZ Police: Further charges filed following March 15 attack in Christchurch

Police have met with victim’s families and survivors of the March 15 Christchurch attack to inform them of new charges which have been filed, and update them on the ongoing Police investigation plus the court process to come.

A charge of engaging in a Terrorist Act under section 6A of the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002 has now been filed against Brenton Tarrant.

The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch on 15 March 2019 and follows consultation between Police, Crown Law and the Christchurch Crown Solicitors Office.

An additional murder charge and two additional attempted murder charges have also been filed.

51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one charge under the Terrorism Suppression Act have now been filed against Tarrant.

Just over 200 people attended the meeting this afternoon in Christchurch.

It was led by Detective Superintendent Peter Read and Detective Superintendent Dave Lynch who are joint Senior Investigation Officers, as well as Superintendent John Price, Canterbury District Commander. Also present were Detective Inspector Greg Murton, officer in charge of the investigation, Detective Senior Sergeant Sarah Illingworth who is managing the family liaison process for Police and a number of Court Victims Advisers.

Police are committed to providing all the support necessary for what will be a challenging and emotional court process to come for the victim’s families and survivors of the attack.

As the case is before the courts no further commentary on the charges will be made by Police, Crown Law or the Christchurch Crown Solicitors office.

Edgeler added:

The murder charges are still there. It’s not an all or nothing risk.

I think this is the right decision. If convicted it shouldn’t make much if any difference to the sentence, which would surely have to be the most severe handed down in a modern New Zealand court as the seriousness of the crime is unprecedented, but the police should not decide against the most serious charge for fear of the defendant grandstanding in court. There are ways that the court can deal with that.

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8 Comments

  1. Kitty Catkin

     /  22nd May 2019

    If, as seems likely, he will spend his life behind bars and in solitary for his own protection, this will be a worse punishment than the death penalty could be. He could spend 50 or more years like that. It’s hard to feel sorry for this being (I won’t insult men by calling him one) facing this prospect.

    Some of the inmates on death row in Chicago said that they would rather have been executed and got it over than spend life inside which was what was going to happen now.

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  2. Corky

     /  22nd May 2019

    I agree with Farrar. Adding another charge allows for possible legal complications. Where I disagree with Farrar..and probably everyone else, is I believe he should be allowed to grandstand. What better way to understand his mentality? And stop any notion he was denied a fair trial etc.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd May 2019

      You are not a lawyer or a policeman, as far as I know. He is a terrorist, so should be charged as one.

      Why should he be allowed to grandstand when other people are not ? I doubt if any other prisoner would be let to use the courtroom as his personal grandstand. The lawyers will, of course, be familiar with all aspects of this being’s warped mind.

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  3. Griff.

     /  22nd May 2019

    The simple reason why they have laid the terrorism charge ?
    No risk no regrets.
    It gets the law aired in court and will set precedent as to how it works without risking the perpetrator getting of on an obscure technicality or a lessor sentence .
    He is going down anyway to a maximum sentence on 51 charges of cold blooded premeditated murder along with 40 for attempted murder with his own vid to confirm his guilt.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd May 2019

      I remember how people refused to understand why those two sadists who caused the death of a three year old were charged with manslaughter and not murder. No matter how many times the then Minister explained that if they were charged with murder, a deliberate act, they would probably walk free because they hadn’t set out to kill him, just abuse him.,some people couldn’t see it. People also seemed to think that it was plea bargaining, although we don’t have that here and I believe that it’s actually illegal in NZ (some people watch too much US television)

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      • Duker

         /  22nd May 2019

        Not so. You can be charged with murder but the jury can decide if intent wasn’t there then downgrade it to guilty of manslaughter.
        It was purely a money saving process as the defence would please guilty to manslaughter but not guilty to murder and trigger a trial.
        The crown would still win either way

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  23rd May 2019

          I disagree.

          They had a trial, didn’t they ?

          We don’t have plea bargaining in NZ, it’s against the law. You seem to confuse our legal system with the American one.

          I can’t see how it saved money to have a trial for people accused of manslaughter rather than murder. As it was obvious that the intent was torture not murder, the jury would have to find them not guilty. The risk of these monsters walking free on a technicality was too great.

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  4. Corky

     /  22nd May 2019

    I see Bill Hodge also believes the added charge is a risk. I’m not a policeman or a lawyer, but even I could work that out. The simple fact is the more complicated an issue, the more simple you actions should be. It’s called the KISS principle.

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