Alleged Christchurch Shooter Formally Charged With 50 Counts Of Murder

The Australian man accused of perpetrating the racist terrorist attack on two Christchurch mosques has had a staggering amount of new charges formally levelled against him ahead of a scheduled court appearance tomorrow.

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Following the March 15 attack, the 28-year-old accused shooter appeared in court initially charged with one count of murder. Today, that has been significantly upgraded: He will face court tomorrow charged with 50 counts of murder and an additional 39 counts of attempted murder.

In a short statement issued to media this afternoon, New Zealand Police officials confirmed they were also considering additional, likely minor, charges for the accused.

Police can now confirm the man arrested in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks will face 50 Murder and 39 Attempted Murder charges when he appears in the High Court in Christchurch on Friday 5 April.

Other charges are still under consideration.

As the case is before the court, Police is not in a position to comment further.

50 innocent people lost their lives in the March terrorist attack, which was largely fuelled by racist ideologies and white supremacy. The attack shocked the entire globe and prompted swift and sweeping gun law reform in New Zealand spearheaded by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

The accused shooter will front the High Court in Christchurch tomorrow.