Instead, the 52-year-old ended up in surgery to have a bullet removed from his spine after he dove in front of his two sons to protect them from a gunman who stormed a mosque in Christchurch on Friday, Gulf News reported.
Tarrant, who was not granted name suppression, smirked to the camera of the media dock and frequently scanned the court room which was closed to the public.
Moreover, the outlet published a picture of him, wearing a prison robe and cuffs, and flanked by security guards.
Tarrant has been identified as a suspected white supremacist, based on his social media activity. Three men and one woman were in custody and one man had been charged with murder.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has flagged immediate changes to the country's gun laws in the wake of shootings at two mosques in Christchurch where 49 people were killed.
Armed police were deployed at several locations in all cities, unusual in a country that has had low levels of gun violence. Tarrant, charged with one count of murder, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.
After leaving the scene of the first terror attack, the terrorist or terrorists then moved on to the Linwood mosque, where a further 10 people were killed.
The Minneapolis Police Department will also be giving more attention to mosques and places of worship following the mass shootings.
Like the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail, several Australian tabloids focused on the gunman, rather than the killings and included images taken from the livestream of the incident, despite requests from New Zealand and Australian police to not share the footage.
Afternoon prayers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, were ambushed by gunfire on Friday, leaving at least 49 people dead.
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On Saturday, outside one of the two mosques, 32-year-old Ash Mohammed pushed through police barricades in hopes of finding out what happened to his father and two brothers, whose cellphones rang unanswered.
ASSOCIATED PRESSA men places flowers at a makeshift memorial near the Masjid Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand.
"I think there is a growth in online hate that I think governments and communities around the world are struggling with - how can they effectively tackle [that] while at the same time ensuring we protect our very hard-won and cherished right to free expression", he said.
"I want to send our condolences to those impacted by the heinous attacks in New Zealand", Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said in a statement released Friday.
Two semi-automatic weapons, two shotguns and lever-action gun were used in the attacks.
Leaders around the world expressed sorrow and disgust at the attacks, with some deploring the demonisation of Muslims.
And at a news conference later on Friday, according to a pool report, one reporter asked the president if he saw a rise in white nationalism around the world.
Ardern, who arrived in Christchurch on Saturday, said the shooter was not on any watchlist and did not have a criminal record.
"My message was sympathy and love for all Muslim communities", she said.
Yet the suspect himself highlighted New Zealand's remoteness as a reason he chose it. Everyone rushed home, and we locked the doors and it was only when we put on the news we realised exactly how close we were to the shooting.