An 18-year-old New Zealand man appeared in a New Zealand court charged with distributing the livestream video of a deadly mass shooting at Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque that killed 50 people has been denied bail by Judge Stephen O’Driscoll.
The 18-year-old, whose name was suppressed by the judge, was also charged with publishing a photograph of the mosque with the message “target acquired”, and for inciting violence.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also confirmed she would move to tighten national gun laws, following one of the world’s worst peacetime shooting massacres in history.
New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush today revealed he had 250 detectives and specialists on the attack investigation, which is the largest in New Zealand’s history.
He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge, prosecutors said. A judge did not grant him bail and he is due back in court on April 8.
New Zealand’s cabinet has agreed in-principle to a range of gun reforms, but Ms Ardern declined to provide more detail at this stage. The proposed changes could be announced before cabinet meets again next week.