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WORLD: Australian Christchurch gunman pleaded guilty to mosque attacks that claimed lives of 51 people

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The Australian terrorist who killed more than 50 people in the Christchurch massacre last year has pleaded guilty to the charges.

The 29 year old shot dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques last year.

On Thursday he pleaded guilty to all charges in an unexpected reversal.

He had previously denied 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one of engaging in a terrorist act, but changed his plea after a hurriedly arranged court hearing.

“Yes, guilty,” he told Christchurch High Court by videolink from Auckland Prison.

Judge Cameron Mander recorded convictions on all charges and said the man would be sentenced at a date yet to be determined.

The plea came with New Zealand in its first day of a four-week Covid-19 lockdown.

Mander said sentencing would not take place until the court system had returned to normal, “at a time when victims and their families can attend the court in person”.

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