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The man accused of killing 51 people in mass shootings of two New Zealand mosques in March did not plead guilty to terrorism, murder and attempted murder, grinned, but did not speak and showed little emotion other than his lawyer filed in several respects not guilty complaints.
There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when the innocent complaints came.
The 28-year-old The Australian is charged with rampage on March 15 in two mosques in Christchurch. A court hearing for May 4 next year was scheduled by Judge Cameron Mander at the High Court in Christchurch.
If Tarrant is found guilty, he could become the first in New Zealand to receive a life sentence without parole. Previously, the country's longest sentence was 30 years without parole for a threefold murder.
In the courtroom, 80 survivors and relatives of those killed faced trial. Sixty more people watched the video overflow.
Judge Mander said that the court has reviewed reports of the defendant's mental health and stated that "there are no problems with the defendant's ability to appeal, instruct the council, and stand trial No hearing needed. "
In front of the courtroom, a man allegedly advocating white supremacy was taken away from the police, according to The Associated Press. A 33-year-old man was also arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after playing "Nazi music outside the court and racist remarks [made]," reports the New Zealand Herald.