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Accused Christchurch shooter Brenton Tarrant charged with 50 counts of murder over mosque attacks

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Brenton Tarrant's case will be heard in the Christchurch High Court on April 5. © New Zealand Herald/Pool via Reuters/ Mark Mitchell Brenton Tarrant's case will be heard in the Christchurch High Court on April 5. The Australian man accused of carrying out the Christchurch massacre has been charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder.

New Zealand Police announced the fresh charges against Brenton Harrison Tarrant, 28, in a written statement on Thursday afternoon.

Tarrant was arrested on March 15 for his involvement in the shooting deaths of 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch and charged with one count of murder, but police indicated further charges would be laid.

Police said other charges were still under consideration.

It is alleged the former personal trainer stormed two mosques in Christchurch with a number of high-powered weapons and live streamed the attack online, in the single worst terrorist attack carried out by an Australian.

Tarrant's case will be heard in the Christchurch High Court on Friday.

Tarrant live-streamed the attack online and posted a rambling "manifesto" describing his motivations.

He worked as a personal trainer at a gym in Grafton after he finished school, before travelling overseas to Asia and Europe in the years prior to last month's attack.

He used money he made from Bitconnect, a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, to fund his travels.

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