Australian citizen remanded in custody after New Zealand’s darkest day

Alleged Australian gunman Brenton Tarrant, who grew up in Grafton, New South Wales appeared in Christchurch’s Law Court this morning after being charged with murder.

The 28-year-old self-described white supremacist livestreamed his attack to the world yesterday, when he killed 49 people across two mosques.

He was remanded in custody, to appear in High Court on April 5th with additional charges expected to be laid.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has spoken this morning, promising the New Zealand people that gun laws “will change.”

The police response has been questioned by many and today Prime Minister Ardern defended their response, calling it “rapid.”

“The individual charged was in custody 36 minutes from receiving the first call. The offender was mobile. There were two other firearms in the vehicle that the offender was in and it was absolutely his intention to continue with his attack,” said Ardern.

The Australian was one of the three arrested. The fourth person in custody was a member of the public with a firearm but with the intention to assist the police. He has since been released.