The man accused of the New Zealand mosque attacks smirked as his lawyer entered not guilty pleas to terrorism, murder and attempted murder charges Friday before a judge who set his trial for next May.
Mander said Tarrant was fit to stand trial after the court ordered him to undergo a mental health assessment at a previous hearing on April 5.
The 28-year-old Australian appeared via videolink from a small room at the maximum security prison in Auckland where he is being held.
An overflow room was also designated after the main courtroom reached capacity. Four cultural advisers and other staff were assigned to help the victims and family members understand the proceedings and the next steps in the case. Then came expressions of frustration and pain from the Muslim community, some of whom had just seen their first glimpse of the man, albeit via video-link.
Wearing a gray sweat shirt, Tarrant was shown being brought into the room by three prison officers. His link had been muted, and he did not try to speak. "A fitness hearing is not required", Judge Cameron Mander said in a statement issued shortly after the hearing.
She said she thought the shooter deserved to be given the death penalty, even though New Zealand no longer institutes the punishment.
"It just shows he's an animal", Mustafa Boztas, who was wounded in the thigh, told the AFP news agency.
A man has been arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour after making racist comments towards Christchurch mosque attack victims outside court on Friday. "I feel sad that someone can be so inhuman and take the lives of innocent people".
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The 14-year-old was also known to local police from a previous "unruly runaway investigation" according to police reports. He was charged with one count of aggravated criminal trespass and warned to have no further contact with the child.
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But she claims when the school suggested separating her son from the rest of the class, she reached boiling point. The video has since been removed and Rathburn has apologised, but she is now banned from school grounds.
Abdul Aziz, who is considered a hero for confronting the gunman at the Linwood mosque, said he wouldn't say the suspect's name.
"He was not man enough to stand up that time and (now) he's standing there and laughing". The assessments are standard in murder cases.
Lichfield Street is expected to play host to the crowds again in August, when the accused will appear for a case review hearing.
At this stage, the Crown estimates it will take six weeks.
The 15 March attack saw a gunman open fire on Muslims during Friday prayers. Two more died later at the Christchurch Hospital.
Tarrant first appeared in Christchurch District Court the day after the mosque attacks on 15 March, where he was charged with multiple counts of murder. The attacker broadcast the shooting live on Facebook.
Addressing the nation in the wake of the attack, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called it one of the country's "darkest days".