Smiling mosque massacre shooter makes a white supremacist sign with his hand as he is charged with murder after 49 people lost their lives in New Zealand's worst terror attack - and man arrives at court 'armed with knife to stab the accused'

Australian-born Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, has faced a Christchurch court charged with a count of murder

16 March 2019 - 08:37

Accused Christchurch massacre gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant has made a white power gesture from behind a glass window during a brief appearance in court.

Tarrant, 28, originally from Grafton, New South Wales but more recently a resident of Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island, was dressed in a white custody outfit with a black sash around his waist.

Flanked by two much taller armed security officers, Tarrant smiled faintly as he stood behind a small glass barrier which came up just above his eyes.

Police allege that after opening fire inside the Al Noor Mosque Tarrant drove to the Linwood Masjid Mosque across town and continued his rampage. 

A second man Daniel John Burrough, 18, has also been charged with 'exciting hostility or ill-will' in relation to the mosque attacks but he did not appear in court.

Members of the public were banned from entering the court during the proceedings, but one man outside tried to break-in during the hearing.

He said he wanted to 'knife' the accused attacker and showed reporters a weapon he was carrying.

So far 49 people have been confirmed dead - including at least one child - while dozens more remain missing.

Accused Christchurch massacre gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant (pictured) has made a white power gesture from behind a glass window, during a brief appearance in court

Accused Christchurch massacre gunman Brenton Harrison Tarrant (pictured) has made a white power gesture from behind a glass window, during a brief appearance in court

Flanked by two much taller armed security officers, Tarrant smiled faintly as he stood behind a small glass barrier which came up just above his eyes.

Flanked by two much taller armed security officers, Tarrant smiled faintly as he stood behind a small glass barrier which came up just above his eyes.

Tarrant, 28, originally from Grafton, New South Wales but more recently a resident of Dunedin on New Zealand¿s South Island, was dressed in a white custody outfit with a black sash around his waist

Tarrant, 28, originally from Grafton, New South Wales but more recently a resident of Dunedin on New Zealand's South Island, was dressed in a white custody outfit with a black sash around his waist 

Chilling photos show blood soaked survivors emerging from the Linwood Mosque just minutes after Brenton Harrison Tarrant allegedly opened fire

Chilling photos show blood soaked survivors emerging from the Linwood Mosque just minutes after Brenton Harrison Tarrant allegedly opened fire

Police allege that Tarrant began his shooting rampage at the Al Noor Masjidal Mosque in the city's east, before driving across town to the Linwood Masjid Mosque and again opening fire

Police allege that Tarrant began his shooting rampage at the Al Noor Masjidal Mosque in the city's east, before driving across town to the Linwood Masjid Mosque and again opening fire

Short of stature with a stocky build, with thinning hair and beady brown eyes, Tarrant stood squarely in place throughout the entire hearing.

He swivelled his torso around to repeatedly glance at the media, at District Court Judge Paul Kaller and out the windows of the Christchurch District Court.

At the beginning of the hearing he appeared to have a faint smile on his face, but it faded into a neutral expression as the hearing continued.

Security was tight, with about six security guards and police in total, the guards wearing black protective vests.

No members of the public were allowed to attend except for media 'in the interest's of public safety', the judge said.

Tarrant was remanded in custody. His duty lawyer did not apply for bail. 

He has been charged with one count of murder but police say many more charges are expected to be laid. 

The hearing was all over in just a few minutes, with Tarrant taking one final look at those gathered and marched away.

He is due to reappear in the High Court on April 5.

Tarrant was photographed and filmed in court by New Zealand cameras but they have been ordered to pixellate his face in images from inside court.

 

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