Trial of Christchurch Shooter May be Postponed

The trial of the man who stands accused of murdering dozens of people at two New Zealand mosques, may end up being delayed by several months.

The 28-year-old accused, Brenton Tarrant, allegedly attacked and killed 51 Muslim worshippers at two mosques during Friday prayers in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March.

The trial was set to begin on 3 May next year in the city of Christchurch, but during a hearing this morning, 15 August, prosecutors said they were working with court officials to have the trial postponed until after Ramadan, as per the wishes of the survivors and victims’ families.

During the same hearing, lawyers for the accused requested that the trial venue be shifted to Auckland as Tarrant is housed in a maximum security prison nearby.

Judge Cameron Mander intends hearing arguments for the venue change at the next hearing on 3 October.

The Christchurch attack is the deadliest public mass shooting in New Zealand history since the Aramoana massacre in 1990, in which 13 people died.

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