Accused Christchurch Shooter Sacks Lawyer, Will Represent Himself
Brenton Tarrant, the Australian man charged with murder over the Christchurch mosque attacks, has reportedly dismissed his lawyer.
The NZ Herald reports Tarrant's duty lawyer, who represented him in court on Saturday, confirmed the 28-year-old has plans to represent himself in court.
Richard Peters said his former client appeared to be lucid and was not mentally unstable before he dismissed his services.
Peters said he ceased representing Tarrant on Saturday.
The death toll of Friday's terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch is currently at 50, while 50 more people were injured.
Four people were arrested following the attack -- which was live-streamed on Facebook -- but only Tarrant, formerly from the NSW town of Grafton, has been charged with one count of murder.
His decision to represent himself in court has raised concerns he will use the high-profile prosecution to further promote his extremist views.
"I suspect that he won't shy away from publicity, and that will probably be the way he runs the trial. The job of the trial judge will be to deal with that," Peters told the Herald.
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In the lead up to the attack, Tarrant posted a 74-page "manifesto" online, detailing his motives for the shooting. The NSW man was not on any watchlist in Australia or New Zealand, despite online profiles linked to him containing white supremacist material.
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear in the High Court of New Zealand on April 5.
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