Brenton Tarrant, NZ mosque shooter, to represent himself in court

The accused in the mass shooting at two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques that claimed the lives of 50 people, has opted to represent himself in court proceedings.

His former lawyer, Richard Peters, said Australian-born Brenton Tarrant (28) appeared to be of sound mind when he made this declaration.

Tarrant opened fire on Muslim worshippers during Friday prayers inside their place of worship last week, killing 41 people. He then headed to the second mosque and shot more worshippers from his car.

New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinta Ardern, announced that the country’s gun-laws would be amended. She said firearm licence applicants would have to pass background checks which would analyse medical, mental health, criminal, addiction and abuse records.